Dracula on Film with David J. Skal

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  • August 28, 2020
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A conversation about the history of Dracula film adaptations between author David J. Skal and Sundays with Dracula host Edward G. Pettit. Skal is the author of numerous books on vampires and horror, including The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror and Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to (more…)

Virtual Behind the Bookcase | Golden Cross: Artifacts of Spanish Imperialism in the Western Hemisphere

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  • August 21, 2020
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Spanish Empire was one of the western world’s first global colonial superpowers, and its great wealth was built on the extraction of natural resources by enslaved labor in Central and South America.  The Rosenbach is home to a collection of manuscripts and books from the 1500s and 1600s that record the conquest of Mexico.  (more…)

Virtual Behind the Bookcase: Founding Fathers and Revolutionary Women

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  • July 1, 2020
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

To celebrate Independence Day, we invite you to join members of The Rosenbach’s Collections Department as we take an intimate look at our Founding Fathers’ handwritten letters and notes to family, friends, colleagues—and even to themselves. Get to know our nation’s first political icons—George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson—as the complex, real people they were.

But not all history was made by men! Even before Independence from Great Britain, women in America were revolutionary. In the second half of the program, we’ll look at the lives and works of Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley, the first American women to publish, and consider their ideas about women’s place in society and enslavement. While the North American colonies sought Independence from Great Britain, women on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean considered the possibilities of liberty for their gender, led by philosopher and author Mary Wollstonecraft. Her friend and French revolutionary supporter Helen Maria Williams published poetry opposed to slavery, war, and colonialism. We’ll see their writings, too, and have time for questions from you.

Seeing Alice Dunbar-Nelson with 2020 Vision: (Re)interpreting a Civil Rights Activist During an Election Year | Virtual Behind the Bookcase tour

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  • July 3, 2020
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Civil rights activist, journalist, novelist, educator, and short story writer Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935) will form the focus of The Rosenbach’s fall, 2020 online exhibition “I Am an American!”: The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Join the exhibition’s co-curators Monet Timmons and Jesse Erickson, as well as Rosenbach staff, for a behind-the-scenes sneak peek into the exhibition development process.

Virtual Program | Rosenbach Collections Chat: Indigenous Author-Activists in The Rosenbach’s Collection

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  • May 8, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Rosenbach’s rare book collections include volumes written by Native American authors who sought to advocate for Indigenous peoples’ rights in the nineteenth-century United States. In this interactive, digital program, you will learn about three of those authors—William Apess, R.B. Lewis, and Simon Pokagon—and a fourth author, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, represented in the Rosenbach collection (more…)

CANCELLED | Behind the Bookcase | Herman Melville, American Voyager

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  • April 5, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

With a warm heart for human nature and a cold eye for the human condition, Herman Melville was ahead of his time. Join us for an exploration of Melville’s significance to the 21st century, with a focus on themes like social justice, globalization, and more.

CANCELLED | Behind the Bookcase | Queer Herman Melville

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  • April 3, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In recent years, Melville has attracted new attention for his complex portrayals of interpersonal relationships. In this tour, we’ll dive into early editions of his work to explore their resonances with today’s politics of gender and sexuality.