Hands-on Tour: Marianne Moore

Event Phone: (215) 732-1600

Date / Time

  • November 15, 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.

Course | Marriage, Murder, and the Madhouse: Victorian Sensation Fiction, or, 19th Century Bestsellers You May Have Missed

Date / Time

  • November 16, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 11, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 8, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The bestselling novels of the Victorian era are not what you think they are. Beneath the appearance of public respectability, the Victorians devoured novels of mystery, bigamy, madness, the supernatural, seductions, arsonists, and addicts. These now-forgotten novels kept the Victorians reading far into the night, too terrified to blow out the bedside candle. This genre, known as Sensation Fiction, became the best-selling, blockbuster novels of the 19th Century and outsold Dickens, Trollope, and the Brontes.

Course | From Page to Stage: The Philadelphia Theater Season

Date / Time

  • 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 read and learn about five plays—all different types, all of major importance—that are being performed on stage in Philadelphia this season 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.

Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Sundays)

Date / Time

  • November 17, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 8, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 12, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 9, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 8, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 19, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 17, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 7, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

There are infinite routes through James Joyce’s dense, funny, thrilling, frustrating masterpiece Ulysses. If you’ve always wanted to read it, this is a great way in: with good company and monthly conversation. If you’ve read it before, join us to discover something new again in the novel.

Course | Herman Melville: Beyond Moby-Dick

Date / Time

  • November 17, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 15, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 26, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 23, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This course won’t be anything close to a comprehensive survey of Melville’s writings. Yet by setting aside his behemoth, Moby-Dick, we will acquire depth into key texts that help us gain perspective on his career and, even more importantly, insight into his arguments about politics, power, self-deception, and modernity.

Hands-on Tour: Herman Melville, American Voyager

Date / Time

  • November 17, 2019
    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.

Museum Adventures at The Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • November 21, 2019
    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.

Hands-on Tour: Herman Melville, American Voyager

Date / Time

  • November 21, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 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.