Sundays with Frankenstein

Date / Time

  • January 31, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 7, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 14, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 21, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 28, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 7, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 14, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 21, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 28, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 4, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 11, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 18, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 25, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 2, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Following our very successful series, Sundays with Dracula, which ran from May 3–November 15, 2020 (you can watch past episodes here!) we now bring to you a fifteen week exploration of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Shelley’s landmark monster novel was a defining work of the Romantic Age and continues to fascinate readers over 200 years later. Every (more…)

Virtual Course | Iola Leroy and Frances E.W. Harper – Philadelphia Abolitionist [in progress]

Date / Time

  • February 3, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • February 24, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • March 10, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This course will rely on activist-teacher Harper’s anti-slavery writing, her novel titled Iola Leroy in particular, and supplemented by additional texts, including her poems, popularized by Philadelphia’s abolitionist audiences, both Black and White, whose contributions to African American struggle for freedom and equality are still visible and commemorated in our city.

Yours Forever: Love Letters in the Archive | Virtual Behind the Bookcase Tour

Date / Time

  • February 4, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for this rare peek into some of the most personal and emotional writing in our collections. We’ll start with the aching yearnings of poet and notorious romantic John Keats, signed “your forever” to the object of his affection, Fanny Brawne (pictured). Spend a virtual evening with us as we get up-close and personal with a variety of treasures like handwritten pages from James Joyce’s Ulysses, correspondence from Marlene Dietrich to Mercedes De Acosta, the dying wishes of a Civil War solider, and much more. 

Virtual Course | Stage to Screen: Great Films from Great Plays [in progress]

Date / Time

  • February 4, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

At a time when many of us are desperately missing theater, let’s explore four famous American plays that have been adapted for the screen; we’ll all read the play scripts and then watch the movies privately; we’ll then get together (so to speak) to discuss them–both as an interpretation of the play and as an adaptation, noting the various cinematic techniques that create meaning.

SOLD OUT! The Long Arc of Survival: A Virtual Discussion Group on Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Date / Time

  • February 9, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Women In Transition and The Rosenbach for a discussion about surviving and thriving after intimate partner violence, with a focus on the Philadelphia-area author and activist Alice Dunbar-Nelson, who lived from 1875 to 1935.  Monet Timmons and Jesse Erickson, curators of the digital exhibition “I Am an American!”: The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, will give an overview of Dunbar-Nelson’s survival of intimate partner violence, and her many achievements as an activist, educator, and writer.  Blanche Brown of Women In Transition will lead a discussion of some of Dunbar-Nelson’s short stories.  

Virtual Course | Alice Dunbar-Nelson: Reading from Inside the Archive

Date / Time

  • February 11, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • March 11, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • April 8, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • April 29, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“Reading from Inside the Archive” is a unique opportunity offering an exploration of Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s life and work through her published writing and literary archive. Questions throughout center on how public persona and personal experience intersect and the degree to which this dynamic is reflected in the trace records of content creation.

Radical Self-care in an Era of Activism: A Virtual Salon Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance

Date / Time

  • February 11, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join chef Jena Harris and Professor Pysche Williams-Forson for an evening of self-care grounded in the salon-style traditions of the Harlem Renaissance. Chef Jena will use accessible ingredients in a live demonstration and welcome participants to make and enjoy sustaining food and drink using recipes shared in advance. Throughout the event, we will discuss and learn more from Professor Williams-Forson about how the contributions of authors, artists, and activists to American art and politics have built movements which center radical self-love.

Virtual Course | Ulysses

Date / Time

  • February 15, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • March 15, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • April 12, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • May 10, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • June 7, 2021
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Registration Tuition for this course is $250 Rosenbach members (including the Dracula Club) receive a 10% discount on tuition. If you have questions about discounted tuition please call (215) 732-1600 x 138 or email [email protected] Not a member? We invite you to join upon registration. Click here for more information about membership. Description Studying Ulysses in five (more…)