The Huntington Channel
We’ve created the Huntington Channel to share lectures and conferences with the world as a testament to the vitality of the intellectual work done here. We’ve been capturing audio and posting it on iTunes U for some time; that’s now all available here. And, with video, we’re providing our online audience with an even richer experience, almost as if you were seated in the auditorium itself. We’ll live stream some of our lectures so you can view them in real time if you’re unable to make it to The Huntington for a talk, or if it’s sold out. And we’ll archive them right here so you can see them anytime.
Alexander Calder’s Jerusalem Stabile at The Huntington
Sandy Rower, President of the Calder Foundation, discusses the process and creation of Alexander Calder's last signed stabile. The stabile was lent to The Huntington in 2015.
Coming up April 3: Carnegie Lecture Series: Unraveling the Mysteries of Exploding Stars
Tony Piro discusses how scientists are combining observations with theoretical modeling to unravel the mysteries of supernovae.
Coming up April 17: Carnegie Lecture Series: Simulating the Universe, One Galaxy at a Time
Andrew Wetzel discusses how theoretical astrophysics is now revealing how galaxies are formed, using the world’s most powerful supercomputers to simulate this complex process.
Coming up May 1: Carnegie Lecture Series: Exoplanet Genetics
Dr. Johanna Teske will discuss how exoplanets composition is inherited from their host star genes, and will highlight new exoplanet discoveries and the Carnegie Institutions pivotal role in understanding exoplanet formation and composition.
Coming up May 11: Hilary Mantel: 'I Met a Man Who Wasn't There.’
The Tudor statesman Thomas Cromwell was described by an eminent historian as ’not biographable.’ Novelist Hilary Mantel describes her ten-year effort to pin her compelling and elusive subject to the page.
Coming up May 15: Carnegie Lecture Series: How We See Inside a Star with Sound
The technique of asteroseismology has revolutionized our view: just as seismology here on Earth reveals the interior of our own planet, asteroseismology of the stars allows us to view their central engines and structures.
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March 15, 2017
Mae Ngai discusses the role of Chinese miners in the 19th-century gold rushes of California, Australia, and South Africa, and the rise of anti-Chinese politics in the West.
February 23, 2017
David Zeidberg, who retires in June after 21 years as director of the Library, will look back on some of the many highlights of his career in the annual Founder’s Day lecture.
February 9, 2017
John Mack Faragher, the Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of History and American Studies at Yale University, discusses the spatial pattern of homicide in Southern California in the 19th century.
January 26, 2017
The acclaimed dance company Diavolo brings its performance of Fluid Infinities to The Huntington. Set on an abstract dome structure to the music of Phillip Glass, the work explores metaphors of infinite space, continuous movement, and mankind’s voyage into the unknown.
December 1, 2016
The photographs from this exhibition illuminate an understudied chapter of Weston’s career. In 1941, the Limited Editions Book Club approached him to collaborate on a deluxe edition of Walt Whitman’s poetry collection, “Leaves of Grass.” Weston accepted the assignment and set out with his wife, Charis Wilson, on a cross-country trip that yielded a group of images that mark the culmination of an extraordinarily creative period in his career.
November 11, 2016
NASA Satellites that study the Earth are passing through space continuously, collecting data on everything from hurricanes to the effects of drought. What if you could make contact with these orbiting spacecraft, and bring them “down to Earth?” Visitors can do exactly that when NASA’s Orbit Pavilion sound experience touches down at The Huntington.
October 14, 2016
Jonathan and Karin Fielding talk about what they collect and why and their interest in the pieces with respect to how they were made and how they were used. Their focus: American ingenuity manifested in American art made for utilitarian purposes by craftspeople in rural New England from the 18th through 19th centuries.
September 19, 2016
June Li, co-curator of the exhibition “Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints,” explains how the “Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting” (ca. 1633–1703) directly relates to founder Henry E. Huntington’s own scholarly mission to collect art, books, and plants.
August 1, 2016
With LOOK>>, we venture into our wide-ranging collections and bring out a single object to explore in a short video. In this installment, we look at "Criss Cross Spellings Slips," a late 19th-century parlor game.
May 16, 2016
Astronomer Katherine Alatalo tours the Hubble sequence, from "young" to "old" galaxies, exploring three avenues to galactic transitions: the quiet, slow fade; the violent merger; and the quietly violent evolution of a galaxy, likely due to a supermassive black hole in its center.
May 2, 2016
Astronomer Kevin Schlaufman, Carnegie-Princeton Fellow at the Carnegie Observatories, tells the story of exoplanets to date, and outlines the progress being made in the search for life elsewhere in our galaxy.
April 18, 2016
Anat Shahar, staff scientist in the geophysical laboratory at the Carnegie Institution for Science, explores terrestrial planets and discusses what laboratory experiments can reveal about the conditions that formed them.
March 11, 2016
Kip Thorne, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, describes the ideas underlying general relativity and the amazing discoveries about warped spacetime that have been made in the past 100 years.
Kate Sessions: A Legacy of Botanical Bounty
March 20, 2017
Landscape historian Nancy Carol Carter examines the horticultural legacy of Kate Sessions (1857–1940), the pioneering nursery owner and garden designer who left an indelible mark on the Southern California landscape. Best known for her work in San Diego, Sessions is credited with introducing and popularizing many of the beloved tree species in the region. The lecture is presented in collaboration with the California Garden and Landscape History Society.
A Satire of the Three Estates: Renaissance Scotland’s Best Kept Secret?
March 2, 2017
Greg Walker, Regius Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, discusses Sir David Lyndsay’s remarkable play, “A Satire of the Three Estates”, probably the most dramatically and politically radical piece of theater produced in 16th-century Britain.
An Evening with Huang Ruo
February 2, 2017
Composer Huang Ruo, the 2017 Cheng Family Visiting Artist at The Huntington, discusses his work, introduces Chinese opera types, and explains how he uses Chinese opera in the contemporary context. The program is the first in a series of three public presentations given by Huang during his residency.
Exoticum: Desert Plants and the Making of a Fine Press Book
February 2, 2017
Printmaker and book artist Richard Wagener discusses how the visually striking plants in The Huntington’s Desert Garden have inspired his recent work. A series of his wood engravings are reproduced in a new limited edition, fine-press publication titled Exoticum: Twenty-five Desert Plants from the Huntington Gardens.
CONFERENCE | Religious Affections in Colonial North America
February 2, 2017
What are “religious affections” and how have they influenced individuals, communities, and cultures? Leading experts in history, literature, and religious studies explore how religion shaped the roots, limits, and consequences of affections in the diverse terrain of early America.
Colonial Dreams: A French Botanist’s Encounter with Africa in the 1750s
January 28, 2017
Mary Terrall, professor of the history of science at UCLA, discusses French botanist Michel Adanson, who spent almost five years in Senegal in the 1750s. Terrall reconstructs Adanson’s sojourn in a French trading post, where he studied African natural history with the help of local residents.
PBS’s “Mercy Street” and Medical Histories of the Civil War
January 23, 2017
The Huntington presents a fascinating conversation about the practice of medicine during the U.S. Civil War and its dramatization in the popular PBS series “Mercy Street.” The panel discussion is moderated by Melissa Lo, Dibner Assistant Curator or Science and Technology at The Huntington, and includes curator Olga Tsapina, who oversees The Huntington’s Civil War collections; series executive producers Lisa Wolfinger and David Zabel; and series medical history advisor Shauna Devine.
The Atlantic Slave Trade and the American Revolution
January 13, 2017
Christopher Brown, professor of history at Columbia University, explores the relationship between the Atlantic slave trade and the American Revolution, two themes that are usually treated separately.
The Value of Patents: A Historian’s Perspective
January 13, 2017
Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics and History at Yale University, discusses the important ways in which patents have contributed to technological innovation over the course of U.S. history.
Panel Discussion: Aerospace in Southern California
December 16, 2016
The history of the aerospace industry in Southern California and its intersections with contemporary culture are the focus of this panel discussion, presented in conjunction with the exhibition of NASA’s Orbit Pavilion. Panelists are Peter Westwick, aerospace historian; William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West; and Daniel Lewis, senior curator of the history of science and technology at The Huntington.
You Don’t Know Jack
December 13, 2016
In recognition of the centenary of Jack London’s death, The Huntington’s Sue Hodson, curator of literary manuscripts and former Jack London Foundation Woman of the Year, speaks about Jack London as a novelist, sailor, journalist, social activist, photographer, and adventurer, as well as about the importance of The Huntington’s 50,000-item Jack London collection.
Sex in the City
December 9, 2016
Margo Todd, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, examines the campaign of the mostly lay judiciaries of the Calvinist Scottish church to impose a strict and highly invasive sexual discipline on their towns in the century following the Protestant Reformation.
SYMPOSIUM | Word and Image: Chinese Woodblock Prints
December 5, 2016
This symposium, organized in conjunction with the exhibition “Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints,” will explore the relationship and interaction between image and text in woodblock prints during the late Ming and Qing periods.
The Huang Family of Block Cutters: The Thread that Binds Late Ming Pictorial Woodblock Printmaking
December 1, 2016
David Barker, professor of printmaking at the China National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, will consider the important contributions made to Chinese pictorial printing by the famous Huang family of artisan block cutters.
CONFERENCE | Histories of Data and the Database
November 28, 2016
In the age of internet searches and social media, data has become hot—and not for the first time. An international group of historians will consider the promises, fears, practices, and technologies for recording and transmitting data in the 18th century to the present, including the implications for the lives of citizens and subjects.
Mapping the English Village
November 10, 2016
Steve Hindle, W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at The Huntington, explains how one particular map might be used to reconstruct who did what for a living, and who lived next door to whom, in 17th-century rural society.
November 9, 2016
Amy Kind, professor of philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, and Shelley Streeby, professor of ethnic studies and literature at the University of California, San Diego, explore futuristic notions of family and reproduction in the work of science fiction author Octavia Butler.
The Cutter Incident
November 9, 2016
Neal Nathanson M.D., discusses a 1955 incident in which Cutter Laboratories of Berkeley, Calif., inadvertently released batches of polio vaccine that contained the live virus. Nathanson also provides an update on efforts toward global eradication of poliomyelitis.
Painters, Carvers, and Style in Chinese Woodblock Printed Images
October 28, 2016
Suzanne Wright, associate professor of art history at the University of Tennessee, discusses the partnerships between Chinese painters and woodblock carvers who worked together to produce prints of exquisite beauty in the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The New Battlefield History of the American Revolution
October 28, 2016
Woody Holton, professor of American history at the University of South Carolina, offers a preview of research from his forthcoming book about the battlefields of the American Revolution.
CONFERENCE | Early Modern Literary Geographies
October 24, 2016
Experts in the literature, history, geography, and archaeology of 16th- and 17th-century Britain examine four key geographic sites—body, house, neighborhood, and region—to illuminate the important spatial structures and concepts that define the early modern engagement with the world.
Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? Chinese Woodblock Prints of the Late Ming and Qing Periods
October 7, 2016
June Li, curator emerita of the Chinese Garden at The Huntington, will look at some of the functions of printed images in China from the late 16th through the 19th centuries, using examples from the exhibition “Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints.”
The United States from the Inside Out and Southside North
October 7, 2016
Steven Hahn, professor of history at New York University and the Rogers Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington, considers what the history of the United States would look like, especially for the 19th century, if we travel east and west from the middle of the country and north from Mexico and the Caribbean.
Becoming Gay in the 1960s: Reading “A Single Man”
October 7, 2016
Novelist Edmund White (A Boy’s Own Story) discusses the lasting impression that Christopher Isherwood’s groundbreaking novel “A Single Man” had on him as a young author assembling his gay identity in the pre-Stonewall era.
The Good Garden
October 6, 2016
Landscape architect Edmund Hollander, author of “The Good Garden,” discusses how the design process for a residential landscape is informed by the interaction of natural site ecology, architectural ecology, and human ecology.
Physics and “Belles Lettres”: The Arts & the Sciences in the Industrial Revolution
September 27, 2016
Jon Mee, professor of 18th-century studies at the University of York and the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington, discusses the network of literary and philosophical societies that sprang up in response to the transformative experience of the industrial revolution in the north of England between 1780 and 1830.
CONFERENCE | Ben Jonson, 1616–2016
September 26, 2016
To mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the landmark folio “The Works of Ben Jonson,” experts in the field explore the English dramatist’s impact in his own time and his reputation down to the present.
CONFERENCE | The Complete Street: Wrongs and Rights of Way
September 21, 2016
The Los Angeles Region Planning History Group presents a symposium examining the Complete Streets movement. Speakers discuss how urban planners are exploring ways to recapture the public rights of way for pedestrians, bicycles, and public transit.
The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire
September 20, 2016
Karl Jacoby, professor of history at Columbia University, uses the story of the remarkable Gilded Age border crosser William Ellis to discuss the shifting relationship between the United States and Mexico in the late 19th century. This talk is part of the Billington Lecture series at The Huntington.
LISTEN>> Caring for a Collection
September 1, 2016
In this LISTEN>> segment, visiting journalist Corinne DeWitt meets up with book conservator Kristi Westberg to learn a bit about what goes into caring for The Huntington’s history of science collections.
Explorations in the History of the Rose in China
June 9, 2016
Guoliang Wang, the author of "Old Roses of China,” surveys the development of the rose in China, from the Song dynasty (960–1279) to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) and beyond. Wang is a professor of horticulture with the Jiangsu Provincial Commission of Agriculture and a lecturer at both Nanjing University and Nanjing Agricultural University. His research has focused particularly on wild roses and ancient horticultural varieties.
LISTEN>> Japanese Tea Ceremony
June 3, 2016
Visiting journalist Corinne DeWitt heads to the Seifu-an tea house in the Japanese Garden, where Robert Hori, gardens cultural curator, performs a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and discusses the intricacies of this venerable art form.
Let the People Rule
May 25, 2016
Geoffrey Cowan, president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, discusses his book “Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary.”
Japanese Gardens of Manzanar: Past, Present, and Future
May 24, 2016
Jeffery Burton, archaeologist at the Manzanar National Historic Site, examines traces of the gardens, which were lost and abandoned when the site was closed.