Mini-Series: Three Looks at Jonah | Jewish Perspectives with Natalie B. Dohrmann

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  • October 16, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sea monsters in Jewish tradition bear with them always tales of the beginning of time, and its end. Jonah, riding in the belly of his great fish, is carried uncertainly between them. Johan has baffled Jewish interpreters for centuries, and ignited a wide range of conflicting interpretations. The rabbis said the eyes of the whale were like windows though which Jonah could observe the foundations of creation – we’ll look back through at him to try to get a hold on what has made this short book such a fathomless riddle for Jews.

In Conversation with Carlos Eire | The 500th Anniversary of the Erasmus New Testament

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  • November 13, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Erasmus’s 1519 Novum Testamentum (his translation of the New Testament), with woodcuts by Hans Holbein, printed by Johann Froben, and produced specially for Bishop Tunstall, was later passed to the library at York Minster. In 1930, Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach purchased the book in an auction that helped pay for a new roof for the cathedral. Carlos Eire joins us for an illuminating discussion of the significance of this translation in the Reformation movement in Europe.

In Conversation with Jim Casey | Shakespeare and Authorship

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  • December 10, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Although most scholars and historians agree that William Shakespeare from Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the plays and poems we associate with “Shakespeare,” there are still those who believe these works were written by someone else. It may be impossible to say anything for certain about the authorship of plays written more than 400 years ago, but we do know quite a lot about the history of playwriting and the early modern theater. Please join Jim Casey, Associate Professor of English at Arcadia University, for a discussion of the authorship debate, the collaborative process of Renaissance playwriting, and the related staging practices of the early modern theater.

Mini-Series: Three Looks at Jonah | Christian Perspectives with Rev. Bill Golderer

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  • December 11, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

From Father Mapple’s sermon to the very premise of The Whale, the Biblical figure of Jonah hovers throughout Moby-Dick. The ancient story of Jonah is a shared text that has influenced literature and religion across cultures and centuries. In conjunction with the Rosenbach’s American Voyager exhibit, scholars and faith leaders from Philadelphia will explore the importance of the prophet Jonah to understandings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

In Conversation with Samuel R. Delany and Michael Swanwick | 1960s Science Fiction

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  • January 9, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

One of the most acclaimed science-fiction authors of his generation, Samuel R. Delany has won four Nebula and two Hugo awards and was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. His books Babel-17, Nova, and Dhalgren are literary classics. With the inclusion of his novel Nova in a new Library of America collection, Delany will discuss his work and the field of science fiction in the 1960s with author Michael Swanwick.

Mini-Series: Three Looks at Jonah | Islamic Perspective with Assistant Imam Hudhaifah Abdulhayy

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  • January 15, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

From Father Mapple’s sermon to the very premise of The Whale, the Biblical figure of Jonah hovers throughout Moby-Dick. The ancient story of Jonah is a shared text that has influenced literature and religion across cultures and centuries. In conjunction with the Rosenbach’s American Voyager exhibit, scholars and faith leaders from Philadelphia will explore the importance of the prophet Jonah to understandings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

In Conversation with Mark Beauregard

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  • 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.

In Conversation With Lorene Cary

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  • January 30, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Part of the Arden Theatre Company’s New Works Salon series. Join us for a curated conversation between Lorene Cary and Arden Artistic Director Terry Nolan about Cary’s new play My General Tubman.