Program Videos

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


Seeing Alice Dunbar-Nelson with 2020 Vision: (Re)interpreting a Civil Rights Activist During an Election Year

Co-curators of “I Am an American!” The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson Monet Timmons and Jesse Erickson join us for a behind-the-scenes peek into the exhibition development process and get to know this under-studied local activist, journalist, novelist, educator, poet, and much more.

Aired on July 3, 2020.


Founding Fathers and Revolutionary Women | Behind the Bookcase tour

Reflect on Independence Day with a look at The Rosenbach’s collection of handwritten letters + notes, early works, and more of some of the founding fathers and revolutionary women who shaped our country.

Aired on July 1, 2020. Program begins at the 13:26 mark.


In Bed with Ishmael: Queer Approaches to the Life, Work, and Legacy of Herman Melville

In Bed with Ishmael is presented as part of The Rosenbach’s celebration of Pride Month 2020, and alongside American Voyager: Herman Melville at 200.

Aired June 18, 2020.

Virtual Bloomsday Festival

Bloomsday was celebrated in a new digital format this year, in place of our annual festival on Delancey Place.

Aired on June 16, 2020. You can watch the full festival here.

The history of the Ulysses manuscript at The Rosenbach

Our Librarian Elizabeth Fuller talks us through the history of James Joyce’s Ulysses manuscript and how it made its way to The Rosenbach.

Aired on June 16, 2020.

The History of Bloomsday

The Rosenbach’s Curator and Director of Collections Judy Guston walks us through the history of why Bloomsday is celebrated every year on June 16.

Aired on June 16, 2020.

Virtual Behind the Bookcase tour: 20th-Century Gay & Lesbian Lives

This Behind the Bookcase tour examines the hidden histories of 20th-century queer luminaries like Mercedes de Acosta, Marlene Dietrich, Jean Cocteau, Alain Leroy Locke, and Langston Hughes through their published and private writings.

Aired May 28, 2020.

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.