Public Programs

Upcoming virtual programs that expand on themes covered in the “I Am an American!” digital exhibition.


Behind the Bookcase: The Harlem Renaissance

November 20 | 6:00-7:00 pm

The Harlem Renaissance is the fulcrum for this look Behind the Bookcase at great Black writers. Beginning with Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first acclaimed Black poet after Emancipation, we’ll spend the bulk of our time with letters and first editions of poet Langston Hughes and philosopher Alain LeRoy Locke-including the keystone work of the Harlem Renaissance, Locke’s The New Negro. This program will be held on Zoom. After registration, you will receive the link via email.


“I Am An American!” Curator Talk with Monet Timmons (Members Only Program)

Thursday, October 28 | 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Rosenbach members are invited to a special conversation with Monet Timmons, co-curator of “I Am an American!”: The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Timmons, a doctoral student and African American Public Humanities Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Delaware, will offer her reflections on Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s political, social, and literary work, and consider what lessons her life holds for Americans today.


Seeing Alice Dunbar-Nelson with 2020 Vision

(Re)interpreting a Civil Rights Activist During an Election Year
Program aired July 3, 2020.

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.

About the Rosenbach

The Rosenbach creates programs and exhibitions inspired by a collection of nearly 400,000 rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative arts objects, including some of the best-known literary and historical objects in the world. The Rosenbach’s programs – from Reading Courses to literary cocktail parties – serve people from around the corner and around the globe.

At The Rosenbach we foster inquiry, learning, and creative thought by engaging audiences in programs, exhibitions, and research inspired by our collections. In December 2013, The Rosenbach became affiliated with the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, bringing together two of the world’s preeminent collections of rare books, manuscripts, Americana and art. The combined holdings of The Rosenbach and the Free Library of Philadelphia inspire unique exhibitions and programs throughout the year.

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