Hands-on Tour: Mexico: Race and Revolution in the Borderlands

Date / Time

  • September 29, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The border between Mexico and the United States has been at the heart of trade, politics, art, and spirituality for centuries. This tour will highlight materials from the Spanish empire, the early years of Mexican independence, and more. Live English-to-Spanish-language interpretation available.

Lunchtime Talk with Travis Foster | Melville: Race and Reconciliation after the Civil War

Date / Time

  • October 1, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

How did Melville’s thinking about American race relations shift after the Civil War? How does this shift help us better understand white nationalism in our own era? This talk addresses these questions by contrasting Melville’s resistance to racist thought in his antebellum writings (especially Typee, Moby-Dick, and Benito Cereno) with his seeming embrace of white (more…)

Course | Dombey and Son: Charles Dickens and the Business of Family

Date / Time

  • October 1, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 5, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 3, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • January 7, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Over our four monthly class sessions, we will dive deep into one of Dickens’ less-read masterpieces. Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation, serialized between October 1846 and April 1848, deals with the fate of the business and family (inextricably intertwined) of one Paul Dombey. The novel provides new insight into the connections between many of Dickens’ well-known social concerns—class conflict, cruelty to children, unhappy marriages, and the pressures of Victorian capitalism.

Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Thursdays)

Date / Time

  • October 3, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 7, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • December 5, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • January 2, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • February 6, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • March 5, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • April 2, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • May 7, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • June 4, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 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.

Hands-on Tour: Villa Diodati, the Summer of Monsters

Date / Time

  • October 4, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In June of 1816, Mary Godwin, Percy Shelley and Mary’s stepsister, Claire Clairmont joined Lord Byron and his doctor John Polidori at a rented villa on Lake Geneva. Eighteen-year-old Mary had eloped with the already married poet Percy the year before, and Byron had fled England in disgrace. Cold, stormy weather kept the young people cloistered for long nights of ghost stories and scientific speculation. From this alembic of romance, scandal, science, and horror, Mary dreamed up Frankenstein and Polidori began the first vampire story in English fiction. Explore the creation of these immortal monsters with first editions and manuscripts born by the shores of Lake Geneva at the Rosenbach’s Villa Diodati Hands-on Tour.

Shakespeare Free Read-Aloud Group: Titus Andronicus

Date / Time

  • October 5, 2019
    1:00 pm - 4:00 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!

Hands-on Tour: Herman Melville, American Voyager

Date / Time

  • October 6, 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.

Stephen Collins, Sailing Towards My Father

Date / Time

  • October 8, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Stephen Collins’s electrifying performance of Sailing Towards My Father (written by Carl A. Rossi), a one-actor play about Herman Melville—the American author best known for his whaling epic Moby-Dick—chronicles Melville’s life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relations with God, his parents and siblings, his wife and children, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

In Conversation with Steven Olsen-Smith | Melville’s Reading and the Arc of Literary Genius

Date / Time

  • October 10, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Herman Melville acquired some 1,000 books prior to his death, after which his library was dispersed among family members and second-hand book dealers. Less than a third of the collection is known to survive, but copies with his autograph and notes continue to resurface. This program will discuss ongoing efforts to trace the dispersal of Melville’s library and analyze evidence of his reading, including technical recovery of annotations that were erased after his death, and will address the role of Melville’s engagement with books in the formation of his genius and the creation of his art.