Lunchtime Talk with Toby Zinman | History Is Happening: From Stephen Sondheim to Lin-Manuel Miranda

Event Phone: (215) 732-1600

Date / Time

  • September 3, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Karl Marx told us that “history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” Perhaps it repeats for a third time as musical theatre. Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, the two greatest living playwrights of musical theatre, are surprisingly similar and unsurprisingly thrilling.  They both talk about contemporary America, and send us out (more…)

Lunchtime Talk with Travis Foster | Melville: Race and Reconciliation after the Civil War

Date / Time

  • October 1, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

How did Melville’s thinking about American race relations shift after the Civil War? How does this shift help us better understand white nationalism in our own era? This talk addresses these questions by contrasting Melville’s resistance to racist thought in his antebellum writings (especially Typee, Moby-Dick, and Benito Cereno) with his seeming embrace of white (more…)

Lunchtime Talk with Christine Woody | A Prehistory of Oversharing: The Romantic Magazine as Social Media

Date / Time

  • November 5, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

In this lecture, we will explore the dynamics and authorial practices of pseudonymous magazine authors in late-Romantic Britain. Through the writings of Charles Lamb (Elia), Thomas De Quincey (The English Opium Eater), James Hogg (The Ettrick Shepherd) and others, we will examine how these writers construct authorial persona though self-exposure, and often self-deprecation. Connecting our (more…)

Lunchtime Talk with Alice Bullitt | Symphony of Horrors: Dracula in Popular Film

Date / Time

  • December 3, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The vampire is a creature that has haunted the artistic imagination for centuries – it literally and figuratively refuses to die.  Like other progeny of Gothic literature, such as Victor Frankenstein’s monster and Dr. Jekyll’s alter ego Mr. Hyde, the vampire is a locus of cultural ideology, reflecting the varied anxieties of its historical moment.  (more…)

Lunchtime Talk with Kathryn Watterson | Learning from James Baldwin

Date / Time

  • January 7, 2020
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Details to come! About Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach New! Enjoy In Conversation Programs at midday with leading scholars, artists, and authors talking about their work. Tea sandwiches and light refreshments included. Seating is limited; advance registration is strongly recommended. Sponsor Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach are sponsored by Lenore Steiner and Perry Lerner. (more…)