Virtual Program | Sundays with Dracula

Date / Time

  • May 31, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 7, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 14, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 21, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 28, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 5, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 12, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 19, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 26, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 2, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 9, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 16, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 23, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 30, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 6, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 13, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 20, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 27, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 4, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 11, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 18, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 25, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 1, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Every Sunday for 27 weeks, we’ll be having a live virtual conversation about Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula and highlight one chapter per week. The novel begins on May 3 and ends 27 weeks later on November 6. Join us for one program or all 27! Joining Edward G. Pettit of The Rosenbach will be a revolving (more…)

Cancelled Behind the Bookcase | Civil War

Date / Time

  • May 31, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From the writings of Abraham Lincoln, to the wartime letters of Col. Alexander Biddle of the 121st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, to a Confederate children’s textbook, this tour provides a glimpse into the lives and thoughts of those who shaped and survived America’s worst conflict.

CANCELLED | Behind the Bookcase | Lewis Carroll

Date / Time

  • June 2, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Mathematician and cleric Charles Lutwidge Dodgson published children’s books under the pen name Lewis Carroll. This tour will explore both the man and the author, drawing on letters from Dodgson to his publishers, original drawings by John Tenniel (the illustrator of the Alice books) photographs of children taken by Carroll, and, of course, copies of his books.

Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Thursdays) [In Progress]

Date / Time

  • June 4, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Heralded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Ulysses is also considered one of the most daunting. The Rosenbach offers a welcoming discussion-based environment and unparalleled access to primary resource materials from our James Joyce collection to deepen readers’ understanding of the text and the author himself. First-time Ulysses readers and returning fans alike are welcome in either group.

CANCELLED | Behind the Bookcase | Dialogues: Native American History

Date / Time

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

American history is the history of dialogues among the many peoples who have called—and call—America home. Highlighting The Rosenbach’s remarkable collection of books, manuscripts, and printed documents that reveal how Native Americans engaged with European and Euro-American peoples, this Behind the Bookcase Tour will invite attendees to think in new ways about American culture.

Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Sundays) [In Progress]

Date / Time

  • June 7, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

There are infinite routes through James Joyce’s dense, funny, thrilling, frustrating masterpiece Ulysses. If you’ve always wanted to read it, this is a great way in: with good company and monthly conversation. If you’ve read it before, join us to discover something new again in the novel.

CANCELLED | Behind the Bookcase | Book Arts

Date / Time

  • June 7, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you prefer to judge a book by its cover, or does the inside matter more? In this tour of book arts, we’ll take a look at various rare books in The Rosenbach collection, their aesthetics, their functions, how the processes in creating books inform how we use them today, and vice versa.

Course | Joseph Conrad: Speaking of His Own Time and to Our Own [In Progress]

Date / Time

  • June 9, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this course we’ll study three of Conrad’s major works.  “Heart of Darkness” explores issues of colonialism, bureaucracy and race.  Lord Jim appears to be a typical 19th century colonial adventure-romance while questioning the presumptions of that genre and exploring issues of personal responsibility.  The Secret Agent, the only one of Conrad’s major works set in Britain, strongly foreshadows the work of later writers like Graham Greene and John le Carré in its exploration of the world of spies, double agents and the cynical manipulation of political opinion by both foreign powers and local authorities.