[In Progress] Ulysses Weekly with Robert Berry | Virtual Course

Date / Time

  • February 29, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • March 7, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • March 14, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • March 21, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • March 28, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • April 4, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • April 11, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • April 18, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • April 25, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • May 2, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • May 9, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • May 16, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • May 23, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • May 30, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • June 6, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • June 13, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This immersive weekly course will help readers explore (and enjoy) the intricacies, enigmas and hilarities of Ulysses. First time readers of the novel will find many resources for understanding this challenging work. For those returning to the novel, this will be a great way to delve even deeper into a book whose depths never seem to end.

Robert Burns In Person Seminar with Steve Newman

Date / Time

  • March 10, 2024
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

This special companion in-person seminar will examine the Rosenbach’s Burns collection, from his very first poem to letters and other manuscripts. A collections presentation and library tour follow a lecture by instructor Steve Newman.

SOLD OUT! Reading Tristram Shandy with Wesley Stace | Virtual Course

Date / Time

  • March 12, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us over five sessions as we dissect Tristram Shandy and explore its creation, its reception, and the reasons behind its shifting reputation since publication. Let’s also simply revel in the story (often overshadowed by the literary fireworks), the characters (ditto), and the glittering wit of this Eighteenth Century classic. We might even discuss whether the novel actually ends or not with the ninth volume. You’ll come for the marbled page; you’ll stay for the characters. 

[SOLD OUT!] Reading Virginia Woolf with Dr. Sean Hughes | Virtual Course

Date / Time

  • March 13, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • March 27, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • April 10, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • April 24, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In this course, we’ll explore Woolf’s wisdom about human character and history while enjoying her glorious prose. We’ll read A Room of One’s Own, a selection of her shorter writings, and To the Lighthouse, one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Each session will include some relevant background, but our discussions will be guided by the interests of participants. Likely topics will include memory, gender, literary history, food, psychology, power, sexuality, family, artistic ambition, and loss.

[In Progress] Finnegans Wake with Vicki Mahaffey | In-Person Course

Date / Time

  • March 17, 2024
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 21, 2024
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 19, 2024
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 9, 2024
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

You’ve read James Joyce’s Ulysses. Now take the adventure of a reading lifetime with Joyce’s final masterpiece, Finnegans Wake, with renowned Joyce scholar Vicki Mahaffey. Meeting once per month at the Rosenbach, home of one of the great Joyce collections in the world, you will explore this most unique creation with a group of readers in an person course over nine months, ending just in time for Bloomsday.  This is your opportunity to conquer one of the most challenging novels of the English language in a friendly, accessible setting, alongside other readers who will take this most joy(ce)ful journey with you. 

[In Progress] Why We Still Read (and Sing!) Robert Burns with Steve Newman | Virtual Course

Date / Time

  • March 19, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • March 26, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

On the evening of January 25th, people from Edinburgh to Shanghai to Philadelphia gather to toast “the immortal memory” of Robert Burns. For he is not only Scotland’s national poet, his work has also been translated into Hebrew, Russian, Chinese, Esperanto, and a host of other languages. To discover the range and depth of work that established Burns as a poet of global significance, we will dive into a great deal of his poetry and a bit of his prose, drawing significantly on one of the world’s finest collections of his works: the Rosenbach’s.