Program Videos

On this page you’ll find recordings of digital and in-person programs from The Rosenbach. Find more on our YouTube page.


Rosenbach Collections Chat: Indigenous Author-Activists in The Rosenbach’s Collection

The Rosenbach’s rare book collections include volumes written by Native American authors who sought to advocate for Indigenous peoples’ rights in the nineteenth-century United States. In this interactive, digital program, you will learn about three of those authors—William Apess, R.B. Lewis, and Simon Pokagon—and a fourth author, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, represented in the Rosenbach collection in a rare and fragile manuscript. Join us as we consider how these authors used the genres of memoir, poetry, history, and the novel to advocate for Indigenous rights.

Aired on May 8, 2020. Program begins at the 2:30 mark.

Sundays With Dracula

Every Sunday for 27 weeks, we’ll be having a live virtual conversation about Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula and highlight one chapter per week. The novel begins on May 3 and ends 27 weeks later on November 6. Join us for one program or all 27! Joining Edward G. Pettit of The Rosenbach will be a revolving set of co-hosts, all of whom have had a long history of reading, collecting, and creating with Stoker’s vampire. The Rosenbach is the home of Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula, over 100 pages of outlines, early plot ideas, and research notes, compiled by the author over the seven years he developed and wrote the book. Find the full series of videos here.

Aired on May 3, 2020. Find the full series of videos here.

Virtual Behind the Bookcase Tour: Emily Dickinson

In honor of National Poetry Month, our April program featured two letters written by Emily Dickinson. The Belle of Amherst. The vulnerable recluse who lived a life of quiet passion.  The Emily Dickinson of public imagination for a century was confined to the decorous hall of The Nineteenth Century Poetess. She could be a little eccentric, but never improper. However, Emily was far more audacious and lively, a woman whose adventurous art and challenging ideas continue to resonate today. We‘ll look at letters in her own hand learn how her first editors reshaped her poetry to fit their own conceptions.  We’ll explore the myth of the Belle and give voice to the Modern Emily.

Aired on April 30, 2020.

Ulysses Every Day Reading Challenge: Day 1

For literature enthusiasts and first-time readers alike, Ulysses can be every bit as daunting as it is thrilling. If you’ve always wanted to read James Joyce’s masterpiece, or are eager for any excuse to revisit it, join Ulysses Every Day, a daily challenge to inspire you to finish it by Bloomsday on June 16. Find the full series of videos here.

Aired on April 15, 2020. Find the full series of videos here.