In Conversation with Joe Queenan

Date / Time

  • September 18, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Prolific freelance satirist and critic Joe Queenen discusses a new story detailing a friendship that started between two 17-year-old boys on a bus that continued over 47 years.

Course | Chaucer Aloud: Sex, Love, and Marriage

Date / Time

  • September 19, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 17, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 14, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 5, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this class we will read Chaucer aloud, in Middle English, since that is more fun than silent reading, and is actually how Chaucer expected his tales to be enjoyed. Middle English is wonderfully phonetic, and expressive, so no worries if you have never read it before (or not since High School).

Hands-on Tour: Lewis Carroll

Event Phone: (215) 732-1600

Date / Time

  • September 19, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Mathematician and cleric Charles Lutwidge Dodgson published children’s books under the pen name Lewis Carroll. This tour will explore both the man and the author, drawing on letters from Dodgson to his publishers, original drawings by John Tenniel (the illustrator of the Alice books) photographs of children taken by Carroll, and, of course, copies of his books.

Hands-on Tour: 19th Century Gay Lives, or, Love Revealed

Date / Time

  • September 20, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bold, cautious, resolved, ambivalent, and sometimes all of the above, gay men of the 19th century strove for authentic identities in art, literature, and love. In this Hands-on Tour, we’ll look at the rise and fall of Oscar Wilde, follow John Addington Symonds path from self-acceptance to advocacy, fraternize with Walt Whitman and Herman Melville, and see the first use of the word homosexual in an English publication.

Course | From Page to Stage: The Philadelphia Theater Season

Date / Time

  • September 21, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 19, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 16, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 18, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We’ll see five shows—all different types, all of major importance—and read the scripts. This will give us a chance to interpret the work and then interpret the production (not necessarily in that order). Each meeting will begin with a short lecture providing background and context, followed by a film clip, followed by conversation.

Hands-on Tour: Banned Books

Event Phone: (215) 732-1600

Date / Time

  • September 22, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From the Canterbury Tales to Ulysses, the Rosenbach’s collection is full of books that have been banned, challenged, or censored. During Banned Books Week (Sept 24-30) take your rights and the books back into your own hands, discuss the controversies surrounding them, and celebrate your freedom to read.

Course | Learning from James Baldwin

Date / Time

  • September 24, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 22, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 19, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 17, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • January 21, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

James Baldwin, one of the leading writers of the 20th century, portrayed passionate truths about poverty, racism, religion, homophobia, and the struggle for justice in America in his essays, his novels, his stories, his plays—as well as in his lectures and in the recording the life of his mind, heart and spirit.

Hands-on Tour: Charles Dickens, The Inimitable Boz

Date / Time

  • September 24, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Beginning with his early works published under pseudonym “Boz” (he later impishly signed his letters “The Inimitable Boz”), Charles Dickens was a literary phenomenon in the 19th century, and his ubiquity continues with legions of readers all over the world.

Hands-on Tour: Marianne Moore

Date / Time

  • September 27, 2019
    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.