Hands-On Tour: Dracula

Date / Time

  • January 19, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get up close and personal with Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes (character and chapter outlines, chronologies, and more!) for Dracula as Rosenbach staff explore what it takes to create an enduring monster.

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: It’s Alive! Frankenstein in the Modern World

Date / Time

  • February 1, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In honor of the bicentennial of Frankenstein’s publication, we invited a historian of science, a literature scholar, and a biologist to a discussion moderated by a bioethicist. Their panel will explore the reasons that Mary Shelley’s vision has had such a profound effect on our imagination and on the way we structure our understanding of the ethical and social implications of biotechnology.

Shakespeare Free Read-Aloud Group: Romeo and Juliet

Date / Time

  • February 3, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare plays aloud not only offers a communal way to enjoy these great works but promotes a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s poetry and wordplay. No acting experience is required to participate—just bring your voice!

Course: The Romantic Impulse

Date / Time

  • February 3, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 10, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 17, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 24, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In these four sessions, we will celebrate love in epistle and in verse. Starting within the Rosenbach’s collection of letters and poems, we will read across eras and intentions, from Romantic to electronic, hopeful to heartbroken, sublime to downright naughty. Burns, Bradstreet, Byron. Marianne Moore and Mercedes DeAcosta. Keats. Even Joyce.

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Elaine Byrne

Date / Time

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

Artist Elaine Byrne will give an overview of her research interests, focusing on some of her recent projects and featuring video clips from some of her recent video work. Employing sculpture, video, and photography. Elaine Byrne’s artwork examines overlooked histories, historical texts, and artworks as a platform to confront difficult political or social issues in the present day.

Bibliococktails: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Date / Time

  • February 9, 2018
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Bibliococktails series celebrates great literature and great libations. Held almost every second Friday, programs include light refreshments, themed cocktails provided by Quaker City Mercantile, and a rotation of activities such as readings, music, and games. 21 and up.

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.

Course: Robert Burns

Date / Time

  • February 15, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • February 22, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • March 1, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • March 8, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

To discover the range and depth of the work that has established Robert Burns as a poet of global significance, we will dive into his poetry and letters, drawing significantly on one of the world’s finest collection of his works—the Rosenbach’s.

Shakespeare Free Read-Aloud Group: Julius Caesar

Date / Time

  • March 3, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare plays aloud not only offers a communal way to enjoy these great works but promotes a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s poetry and wordplay. No acting experience is required to participate—just bring your voice!

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Daniel De Simone

Date / Time

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

In January of 2017, Daniel De Simone retired from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D. C. as the Eric Weinmann Librarian, where he directed the operations of the Central Library. De Simone will examine the legacy of Folger and Rosenwald, discussing how each of these giants of the collecting world came upon their decision to make gifts to the nation and help define the nature of philanthropy in the first half of the 20th century.