Yolanda Wisher’s Rent Party at the Rosenbach: Black Beats Edition

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  • February 20, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Toast the literary past with readings by contemporary authors with music by Wisher’s band, the Afroeaters. This edition will explore the legacies of the Beat poetry movement and the works of Amiri Baraka, Jayne Cortez, Ted Joans, Bob Kaufman, and others.

Hands-on Tour | Herman Melville, American Voyager

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  • January 31, 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.

Hands-on Tour: Queer Herman Melville

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  • January 7, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 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.

Hands-on Tour: Banned Books

Event Phone: (215) 732-1600

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  • September 22, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From the Canterbury Tales to Ulysses, the Rosenbach’s collection is full of books that have been banned, challenged, or censored. During Banned Books Week (Sept 24-30) take your rights and the books back into your own hands, discuss the controversies surrounding them, and celebrate your freedom to read.

Lunchtime Talk with Travis Foster | Melville: Race and Reconciliation after the Civil War

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  • October 1, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

How did Melville’s thinking about American race relations shift after the Civil War? How does this shift help us better understand white nationalism in our own era? This talk addresses these questions by contrasting Melville’s resistance to racist thought in his antebellum writings (especially Typee, Moby-Dick, and Benito Cereno) with his seeming embrace of white (more…)

Lunchtime Talk with Kathryn Watterson | Learning from James Baldwin

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  • January 7, 2020
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Author and professor Kathryn “Kitsi” Watterson will discuss how Baldwin’s words give shape to her experiences in witnessing the persistent efforts of white America to not only deny the existence, humanity and brilliance of black Americans, but to actively try to destroy their lives. From her first sight of segregated water fountains in Mississippi in (more…)