[In Progress] Finnegans Wake with Vicki Mahaffey | In-Person Course

Date / Time

  • May 19, 2024
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 9, 2024
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

You’ve read James Joyce’s Ulysses. Now take the adventure of a reading lifetime with Joyce’s final masterpiece, Finnegans Wake, with renowned Joyce scholar Vicki Mahaffey. Meeting once per month at the Rosenbach, home of one of the great Joyce collections in the world, you will explore this most unique creation with a group of readers in an person course over nine months, ending just in time for Bloomsday.  This is your opportunity to conquer one of the most challenging novels of the English language in a friendly, accessible setting, alongside other readers who will take this most joy(ce)ful journey with you. 

[SOLD OUT] Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and the Creation of the Modern World | Behind the Bookcase

Date / Time

  • May 23, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In this tour, we will join Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill aboard the USS Augusta and the HMS Prince of Wales and witness world history unfold in the midst of their deliberations. We will also discuss the consequences of the Atlantic Charter for global diplomacy since 1941 and consider the state of Anglo-American relations today. 

Rebellious Love: Exploring Queer History, Art and Literature at The Rosenbach | Behind the Bookcase

Date / Time

  • June 2, 2024
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

For many centuries, Queer people have faced marginalization by mainstream society.  Yet their obstacles have also given them unique perspectives on the human experience, and inspired important contributions to art, literature, politics, and social organizing. In this tour, we will meet Queer people from history, and consider how their diverse sexualities and identities shaped their lives and informed their work.

Delancey Society: Spring Soirée

Date / Time

  • June 6, 2024
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Delancey Society is invited to a festive reception in the garden with the opportunity to preview the Rosenbach’s new exhibition, Treasures from the Rosenbach’s Collection: Literature of Great Britain & Ireland opening to the public on June 16, 2024.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and the Creation of the Modern World | Behind the Bookcase

Date / Time

  • June 7, 2024
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this tour, we will join Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill aboard the USS Augusta and the HMS Prince of Wales and witness world history unfold in the midst of their deliberations. We will also discuss the consequences of the Atlantic Charter for global diplomacy since 1941 and consider the state of Anglo-American relations today. 

“Written in My Heart”: James Joyce and Irish Authors | Behind the Bookcase

Date / Time

  • June 13, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In this program we’ll explore a wide array of holdings, including Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes for his gothic classic Dracula, correspondence from the iconic and incomparable Oscar Wilde, and, of course, one of our most famous holdings, Joyce’s manuscript of his Modernist masterpiece Ulysses.

Members Preview Day: Breakfast with the Director and a Sneak Peek of Treasures from the Rosenbach’s Collection: Literature of Great Britain & Ireland

Date / Time

  • June 15, 2024
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Members are invited to join Kelsey Scouten Bates, The John C. Haas Director of the Rosenbach, to learn more about the Rosenbach’s exciting plans for the future over coffee and pastries. The program will begin at 10:00 am, after which members are invited to visit the Rosenbach’s new exhibition, Treasures from the Rosenbach’s Collection: Literature of Great Britain & Ireland, before it opens to the public on June 16. 

The Bloomsday Festival

Date / Time

  • June 16, 2024
    11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Every year, the world celebrates Bloomsday on June 16, the day that James Joyce’s Ulysses is set in 1904. Nowhere celebrates quite like the Rosenbach, home of Joyce’s manuscript. Bloomsday is a day-long public reading held on Delancey Place with musical performances that bring the epic novel to life.