Hands-On Tour: Encountering Native American History

Date / Time

  • April 5, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

American history is the history of dialogues among the many peoples who have called—and call—America home. Highlighting The Rosenbach’s remarkable collection of books, manuscripts, and printed documents that reveal how Native Americans engaged with European and Euro-American peoples, this Hands-on Tour will invite attendees to think in new ways about American culture.

Shakespeare Free Read-Aloud Group: King Lear part 1

Date / Time

  • April 6, 2019
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare’s plays aloud offers not only a communal way to enjoy these great works but also promotes a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s poetry and wordplay. No acting experience is required to participate — just bring a copy of the play we’re reading…and your voice!

Course: Shakespeare and Identity

Date / Time

  • April 7, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 5, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 2, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This course will consider four plays that foreground issues of gender, sexuality, race, religion, and empire: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Othello, and The Tempest. We will discuss these plays in terms of their historical context, performance history, reception, popular adaptations, and continued resonances with debates about identity, difference, power, and intimacy. In addition, we will see the Lantern Theater Company’s production of Measure for Measure on April 14.

Course: Dark and Bloody Nights: A Literary History of Vampires-SOLD OUT!

Date / Time

  • April 10, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

In this course, we will read some of the seminal texts of vampire fiction and see how the legend grew and developed since the nineteenth century. We’ll also look at some accounts of the vampire in folklore and compare myths of the past with myths of the present (can there be such a thing as a present-day myth?). We’ll see how the texts of vampires highlight the fears and anxieties of the cultures that produce them and discover that vampire stories (like all monster stories) are just as much about themes of difference and otherness, race and ethnicity, sexuality and gender, as they are about thrilling horror.

Course: Philadelphia Gothic

Date / Time

  • April 13, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 11, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 8, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this course, we’ll explore the works of authors, Charles Brockden Brown, Robert Montgomery Bird, George Lippard, Edgar Allan Poe, and Frank Webb — and see how they were inspired to look beneath the veneer of American democracy and expose our deepest fears.

Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Sundays)-SOLD OUT!

Date / Time

  • April 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 19, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 9, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Heralded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Ulysses is also considered one of the most daunting. The Rosenbach offers a welcoming discussion-based environment and unparalleled access to primary resource materials from our James Joyce collection to deepen readers’ understanding of the text and the author himself. First-time Ulysses readers and returning fans alike are welcome in either group.

A Reading: Marie Howe sponsored by the Maurice English Poetry Award

Date / Time

  • April 16, 2019
    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Maurice English Poetry Reading, established by Helen Drutt English and Deirdre Elena English to honor the memory of the late poet Maurice English, presents each year a distinguished poet for readings in Philadelphia and New York. Previously held at Storm King Art Center in New York, beginning in 2018 the Maurice English Poetry Reading will be held jointly at the Rosenbach in Philadelphia and the American Irish Historical Society in New York City.