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

Date / Time

  • 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

Date / Time

  • 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

Date / Time

  • 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.

CANCELLED | Behind the Bookcase | A Definite Claim to Beauty: William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite Book

Date / Time

  • March 24, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In 1891, the year the Kelmscott Press was founded, Queen Victoria began her final decade, and so did William Morris, the tireless craftsman, socialist, poet, novelist, translator, and founder of the Kelmscott Press. Fusing skill, aesthetics, and a lunatic devotion to all things medieval, Kelmscott books are the quintessence of Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics–and the most profound and personal works of William Morris’s oeuvre. Venture behind the bookcase to bask in the exquisite artisanship of the Victorian twilight, and trace the late flowering of the Pre-Raphaelite book.