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Revisit beloved classics or experience new ones with Rosenbach courses. Book lovers delve into fiction, history, and poetry with the guidance of a literary expert and the company of other readers. See all upcoming courses.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, scholarships are available for some courses to cover the cost of tuition. To apply for a scholarship, please submit this form.

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Fall 2022 Courses with Available Scholarships


The Writerly Voice with Kelsey Scouten Bates, Director of The Rosenbach

Part of the Libraries & Liberty Seminar Series with The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Library Company of Philadelphia
4 Thursdays from 6:00–7:30 p.m. ET. 9/29, 10/20, 11/10, 12/15.

From the founding of the United States through the Civil War, creative and expository writers used their pens to persuade people to buy into their version of liberty. In this second course in the Libraries & Liberty Series, we’ll consider closely the rhetoric of writers from the Revolution through Emancipation—from the moral and intellectual weight of writing in the early republic (Phillis Wheatley and The Federalist Papers) to the persuasive power of writing during the Civil War (Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman).

Sponsored by Liza and Jonathan Seltzer


Reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight with David Wallace

4 Thursdays from 6:30–8:30 p.m. ET. 10/6, 10/27, 11/17, 12/1.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the greatest poems in the English language, a story of adventure, sexual opportunity, and great psychological subtlety. There are numerous translations, and a recent film adaptation, but to appreciate the magic of Sir Gawain, together we will read the original, written in a regional, alliterative meter from the later 14th century. This is a poem made to be read aloud, and in this course we’ll devote time to letting the poem “breathe” and enjoy the beautiful and distinctive rhythm.

Sponsored by Allen and Judy Freedman


The Curator’s Toolkit: Up Close and Personal with The Rosenbach’s Collections

10 Tuesday sessions from 6:00–8:30 p.m. ET. 9/13, 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13.

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at The Rosenbach? Curious to know how we get an object behind glass for an exhibition? In this interactive course taught by The Rosenbach’s Collections Department, you’ll learn the skills for studying, handling, and preserving the fine art, antiques, rare books, and manuscripts in our collection.

Sponsored by Gage Johnston & Jack I. Jallo and Danthu Phan & Will Luttrell


Reading Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! with Carl Rollyson

6 Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00 p.m. ET. 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14, 12/28, 1/11.

Set in the antebellum South, during the Civil War and the early years of Reconstruction, Absalom, Absalom! is a meditation not only on the history of the South but of history itself, on the way it is made and told. The novel grew out of William Faulkner’s many earlier efforts to come to terms with his region’s past but also with the trajectory of U.S. and
world history as he saw it unfolding in the 1930s. The course will explore how this novel was made by focusing on the circumstances of Faulkner’s life, family history, and his awareness of how important race was to his definition of the United States. Register.

Sponsored by Margaretta and Jack Noonan


Reading Paradise Lost with Anne Hall

5 Thursdays from 6:30–8:30 p.m. ET. 11/3, 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/9.

The plot of John Milton’s Paradise Lost is the story of the fall of humanity, but its heart is Milton’s insights into fallen humanity. Early in his life, Milton followed the ancients in holding that happiness lies in the freedom that supports the community’s strength and dignity, and that also sustains the happiness of the individual. In this course, we will explore how Milton’s Paradise Lost reconsiders the ancient view of human happiness through literary and philosophical lenses.

Sponsored by Genie and James Murphy