Behind the Bookcase | Herman Melville, American Voyager

Date / Time

  • March 13, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

With a warm heart for human nature and a cold eye for the human condition, Herman Melville was ahead of his time. Join us for an exploration of Melville’s significance to the 21st century, with a focus on themes like social justice, globalization, and more.

Behind the Bookcase | Marianne Moore

Date / Time

  • March 15, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Poet Marianne Moore broke free of tradition and reassembled the pieces in a new and sometimes confounding way. In this tour, we will study her letters, clippings and the objects she surrounded herself with to find out more about the sources for her revolutionary and groundbreaking work.

Behind the Bookcase | James Joyce & Irish Authors

Date / Time

  • March 17, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Along with James Joyce’s handwritten manuscript of his modernist masterpiece Ulysses, we’ll also read and handle works by Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and more! These Irish authors have connections and influences extending from Thomas Jefferson and Moby-Dick to the present day.

Museum Adventures at The Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • March 19, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Calling all pre-schoolers! Come play with us on the last Thursday morning of every month. We’ll read a story together and then embark on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach brothers’ glitzy Rittenhouse Square home to discover things that relate to the story. Afterward, families are welcome to join us in our activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music and snacks.

Behind the Bookcase | Herman Melville, American Voyager

Date / Time

  • March 22, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

With a warm heart for human nature and a cold eye for the human condition, Herman Melville was ahead of his time. Join us for an exploration of Melville’s significance to the 21st century, with a focus on themes like social justice, globalization, and more.

Course | Joseph Conrad: Speaking of His Own Time and to Our Own

Date / Time

  • March 24, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • April 28, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • May 19, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • June 9, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this course we’ll study three of Conrad’s major works.  “Heart of Darkness” explores issues of colonialism, bureaucracy and race.  Lord Jim appears to be a typical 19th century colonial adventure-romance while questioning the presumptions of that genre and exploring issues of personal responsibility.  The Secret Agent, the only one of Conrad’s major works set in Britain, strongly foreshadows the work of later writers like Graham Greene and John le Carré in its exploration of the world of spies, double agents and the cynical manipulation of political opinion by both foreign powers and local authorities.