Hands-On Tour: Founding Fathers

Date / Time

  • March 23, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Examining the letters and papers of America’s founding fathers offers a rare opportunity to understand these historical leaders as fathers, lovers, intellectuals, and revolutionaries. Artifacts from George Washington (including one of his earliest letters), Thomas Jefferson (including his scientific notes), John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin form the core of the tour.

Hands-On Tour: Lesbian and Gay Lives

Date / Time

  • March 2, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover the hidden histories of lesbian and gay literary figures through their writings and artwork–both published and private. From Oscar Wilde’s tumultuous relationships with illustrator Aubrey Beardsley and poet/translator Lord Alfred Douglas, to the open secret of writer Mercedes de Acosta’s entanglements with Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, the constellations of friends and lovers around these provocateurs shed light on the lives of queer artists in their respective eras.

Hands-On Tour: Love Letters

Date / Time

  • February 9, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for this rare peek into some of the most personal and emotional writing in our collections. From the aching yearnings of poet John Keats to the dying wishes of a Civil War solider, the Rosenbach is home to a variety of love letters. Spend an hour getting up-close and personal with a variety of treasures, including correspondence from Marlene Dietrich to Mercedes De Acosta and handwritten pages from James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Hands-On Tour: Lesbian and Gay Lives

Date / Time

  • January 26, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover the hidden histories of lesbian and gay literary figures through their writings and artwork–both published and private. From Oscar Wilde’s tumultuous relationships with illustrator Aubrey Beardsley and poet/translator Lord Alfred Douglas, to the open secret of writer Mercedes de Acosta’s entanglements with Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, the constellations of friends and lovers around these provocateurs shed light on the lives of queer artists in their respective eras.

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Federalist Paper No. 78 [SOLD OUT]

Date / Time

  • January 26, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Founding Fathers envisioned the judiciary as a check on both the executive and the legislative branches of government. But in practice, the judiciary has served much more as a check on the legislative branch than on the executive branch. Judge Rakoff will discuss why this is so, and offer speculations as to why this might or might not change in the near future.

Love, Letters, and Libations at the Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • February 10, 2018
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Forget roses and moonlight: Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the written word. Join us in the literary heart of Philadelphia to embrace the time-honored Valentine traditions of arts and letters—and candy.

Sold Out – In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Kermit Roosevelt on Federalist Paper No. 46

Date / Time

  • February 21, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kermit Roosevelt will focus on Federalist Paper No. 46 as a means of addressing the failure of the authors of The Federalist Papers (and the drafters of the Constitution) to foresee certain political and social developments and the degree to which modern America no longer resembles the nation designed by the Constitution and described in the Federalist Papers.

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Emily Bazelon on Federalist Paper No. 83

Date / Time

  • March 6, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Framers loved juries. They put the right to trial by jury into the Constitution because “they were unwilling to trust the government” to mark it out, Justice Antonin Scalia has written. Today, fully 95 percent of state criminal cases that end in conviction are resolved without a jury, by guilty pleas. The same is true for about 90 percent of federal criminal cases. Why has the jury vanished, and without it, can our adversarial system render real justice?

Singing the Bay Psalm Book

Date / Time

  • March 21, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Singers from Craftworks bring to life Psalms from the first book printed in America, punctuated with readings from the poems of Anne Bradstreet.

Course: Dystopias

Date / Time

  • April 26, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 10, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 24, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • June 7, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

In this four-week course, participants will explore popular literary dystopias, from 1984 and The Handmaids’ Tale to “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” and M.T. Anderson’s Feed. We’ll look at the language of dystopia, how authors across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries examine dystopian societies, and more.