Course | Learning from James Baldwin [In Progress]

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  • January 21, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

James Baldwin, one of the leading writers of the 20th century, portrayed passionate truths about poverty, racism, religion, homophobia, and the struggle for justice in America in his essays, his novels, his stories, his plays—as well as in his lectures and in the recording the life of his mind, heart and spirit.

Hands-on Tour | Picturing Cervantes

Date / Time

  • January 21, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

“Picturing Cervantes” explores the ways Don Quixote has been imagined and illustrated through the centuries, featuring remarkable drawings and prints by notable artists such as Gustave Doré and Honoré Daumier.

In Conversation with Mark Beauregard

Date / Time

  • January 22, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Whale: A Love Story, a rich and captivating novel set amid the witty, high-spirited literary society of 1850s New England, offers a new window on Herman Melville’s emotionally charged relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne and how it transformed his masterpiece, Moby-Dick. Author Mark Beauregard joins us to discuss his new work.

Course | From Page to Stage: The Philadelphia Theater Season [In Progress]

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  • January 25, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We’ll read and learn about five plays—all different types, all of major importance—that are being performed on stage in Philadelphia this season This will give us a chance to interpret the work and then interpret the production (not necessarily in that order). Each meeting will begin with a short lecture providing background and context, followed by a film clip, followed by conversation.

Course | Herman Melville: Beyond Moby-Dick [In Progress]

Date / Time

  • January 26, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 23, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This course won’t be anything close to a comprehensive survey of Melville’s writings. Yet by setting aside his behemoth, Moby-Dick, we will acquire depth into key texts that help us gain perspective on his career and, even more importantly, insight into his arguments about politics, power, self-deception, and modernity.

Hands-on Tour: Dracula

Date / Time

  • January 26, 2020
    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.