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Government and Family Life: The Unintended Consequences of the English Poor Relief System, 1660–1780
Nov. 14, 2018

Naomi Tadmor, professor of history at the University of Lancaster and the Fletcher Jones Foundation Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington, discusses the sophisticated system of social welfare developed in 17th- and 18th-century England aimed to assist the poor and its impact on local government and the lives of families and communities.


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New Explorations in Tea History: Putting Women and Children First
Nov. 13, 2018

Rebecca Corbett, Japanese studies librarian at USC, explores aspects of tea culture in Japan's Edo period (1603–1868) and its use in children's education. Corbett's current project focuses on the Buddhist nun and artist Tagami Kikusha (1753–1826) and the transmission of her work in modern Japan. This program is part of the East Asian Garden Lecture series.

A Rare Book Rogue in Texas
Nov. 8, 2018

Michael Vinson, author and proprietor of Michael Vinson Americana, shares the tale of John Holmes Jenkins III (1940–1989), a Texas antiquarian bookseller, publisher, historian, and gambler who, in 1971, helped the FBI recover a valuable set of original colored engravings of Audubon's The Birds of America.

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Desert Gardens of Steve Martino
Oct. 14, 2018

Award-winning landscape architect Steve Martino is joined by Caren Yglesias, author of Desert Gardens of Steve Martino, for a discussion about landscaping for arid climates. Martino's pioneering designs combine dramatic man-made elements with native plants in gardens that honor the natural ecology of the desert, inviting spaces of beauty and color while solving problems such as lack of privacy or shade.

Empowering Appetites
Empowering Appetites: The Political Economy/Culture of Food in the Early Atlantic World
Oct. 12, 2018

This interdisciplinary conference focuses on the transatlantic dynamics of food and power in the long 18th century. Historians, historical geographers, and literary scholars will assess the significant role of food in shaping interpersonal and geopolitical relations during this period, focusing in particular on the perceived and real impact of scarcity and social unrest.

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Jack London in Hawaii
Oct. 10, 2018

Paul Theroux, travel writer and novelist, explains how Jack London's experiences and observations in the Hawaiian Islands still resonate today, based on Theroux's own experiences and observation as a 30-year resident there.

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Filming Christopher Isherwood: A Single Man from the Page to the Screen
Oct. 3, 2018

Tom Ford, fashion designer and filmmaker, discusses the making of his 2009 film, A Single Man, based on Christopher Isherwood's semi-autobiographical novel, published in 1964. Isherwood's archive, including the manuscript of the novel, is part of The Huntington's literary collections.

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Our Civil War: How Americans Understand the Great American Conflict
Sep. 26, 2018

Gary W. Gallagher, the John L. Nau III Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Virginia, explores how popular and academic understandings of the Civil War align with, or depart from, the reality of the conflict.

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Peace through a Bowl of Tea
Sep. 18, 2018

Glenn Webb, professor emeritus at Pepperdine University, discusses the globalization of the Japanese tea ceremony in the decades following World War II. Webb's lecture inaugurates the Dr. Genshitsu Sen Lecture Series, which focuses on Japanese tea culture.

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In Conversation with Stan Lai
Sep. 16, 2018

Chinese theater-maker Stan Lai (Lai Sheng-chuan 賴聲川) discusses the origins and evolution of Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden, his new, site-specific production for The Huntington. The play is the culmination of Lai's residency at The Huntington as the 2018 Cheng Family Visiting Artist and is developed and produced by the CalArts Center for New Performance.

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Turning Points in the Civil War
Sep. 15, 2018

The Civil War witnessed a number of critical turning points. Major battles, the Emancipation Proclamation, the election of 1864, and the New York City draft riots represent the kinds of military, political, and social events that could signal a profound shift in the conflict's direction or momentum. Speakers address the range, and potential for disagreement, inherent in any search for historical turning points.

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Reconstructing the Mindscape of a 17th-Century Korean Literati Garden: Garden of Seyeonjeong
May 8, 2018

Art historian Katharina I-Bon Suh of the Seoul National University discusses how the Garden of Seyeonjeong's design and layout served practical purposes but also alluded to philosophical metaphors and fantastical worlds in this East Asian Garden Lecture.

Dark Energy and Cosmic Sound
May 7, 2018

Daniel Eisenstein, professor of astronomy at Harvard University and director of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, discusses the sound waves that propagated through the Universe after the Big Bang is this Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Series.

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California Plants
May 6, 2018

Author Matt Ritter, professor of botany at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, takes readers on a visual "tour" through the state's most iconic flora in a lecture based on his new book, California Plants.

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Designing with Palms
May 5, 2018

Jason Dewees discusses how the sensory appeal of palms, along with their beautiful diversity, earn them a place in well-designed gardens.

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Every Picture Tells a Story
Apr. 25, 2018

Richard White uses images shot by landscape photographer Jesse White to explore California's story.

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Carnegie Lecture: You Can’t Make a Solar System without Breaking a Few Asteroids: The Tale of Asteroid Families
Apr. 23, 2018

Joseph Masiero discusses how asteroid families in our Solar System are the last remnants of massive collisions that occurred as the Sun and planets were being formed.

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Abraham Lincoln’s Diary
Apr. 19, 2018

Ronald White examines Lincoln's overlooked notes to himself, revealing new and surprising aspects of America's greatest president.

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Representations of the Garden of Solitary Delight (Dule yuan)
Apr. 17, 2018

Carol Brash examines four different representations of the Garden of Solitary Delight (Dule yuan), built in the 11th century by scholar-official Sima Guang.

Carnegie Lecture: Sharing the Wonders of the Light and the Dark Universe
Apr. 9, 2018

Marja K. Seidel, postdoctoral research associate with Carnegie Observatories, discusses her quest to understand dark matter and also shares her experiences bringing astronomy education to remote and under-served communities around the world.

To the Edges of the Earth
To the Edges of the Earth
Apr. 5, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson discusses his new book, To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration, and shares the story of three simultaneous and groundbreaking expeditions that pushed to the furthest reaches of the globe and brought within human reach a complete accounting of all the Earth's surface.

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Making Art/Discovering Science
Mar. 14, 2018

Steven Shapin, the Franklin L. Ford Research Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, draws attention to the widely held view that artistic productions are "things made up" and scientific knowledge consists of "things found out." How stable and coherent are such presumptions? Shapin discusses examples drawn from 19th-century biology and from 20th-century and contemporary art.

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Conversion & Religions of the World in 18th-Century America
Mar. 7, 2018

Mark Valeri, the Reverend Priscilla Wood Neaves Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, describes how new ideas of moral virtue and political reasonableness shaped Protestant approaches to religious choice in colonial America.

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In Search of Blue Boy’s True Colors
Feb. 28, 2018

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, art historian and journalist, reveals the scholarship and science behind Project Blue Boy, The Huntington's two-year effort to conserve one of Western Art's greatest masterpieces in this annual Founder's Day lecture.

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Chop Suey, USA: How Americans Discovered Chinese Food
Feb. 22, 2018

Yong Chen, professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, discusses the historical forces that turned Chinese food, a cuisine once widely rejected by Americans, into one of the most popular ethnic foods in the U.S.

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The Introduction of Japanese Plants into North America
Feb. 20, 2018

Through the pioneering work of collectors and nurserymen, many new Japanese species were introduced to the American gardening public in the late 19th century. Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist, Emeritus, of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, will examine the history behind these early introductions, some of which had a profound impact on both cultivated and wild landscapes across America.

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Civil Wars: A History in Ideas
Feb. 15, 2018

David Armitage, the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University, puts contemporary conflicts from Afghanistan to Syria into historical perspective and asks why it matters whether we call them "civil wars" instead of insurgencies, rebellions, or even revolutions.

Miraculous Things: The Culture of Consumerism in the Renaissance
Feb. 7, 2018

Martha Howell, professor of history at Columbia University and the R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow, discusses the meaning attached to goods—both humble and luxurious—during the Renaissance. The era is considered by many to be the first age of commercial globalism.

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Louis C. Tiffany's Glass Mosaics
Feb. 1, 2018

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Louis Comfort Tiffany directed an artistic empire in the design and creation of stained glass windows and lamps, blown glass vases, and other objects of luxury. But his innovations in glass mosaics represented perhaps his most expressive mastery of the medium. Kelly Conway, curator of American glass at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, discusses this understudied aspect of Tiffany's virtuosity. This talk is part of the Wark Lecture Series at The Huntington.

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Exhibition Talk: Live Free or Die
Jan. 27, 2018

Artists Soyoung Shin and Juliana Wisdom, two of the seven artists whose work is featured in the current exhibition COLLECTION/S, will discuss the influence of 18th-century French history and decorative arts on their work. The discussion is moderated by Jenny Watts, curator of photography and visual culture at The Huntington, and Catherine Hess, chief curator of European art.

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Decoding the Book: Printing & the Birth of Secrecy
Jan. 24, 2018

Bill Sherman, director of the Warburg Institute in London, delivers the inaugural annual lecture honoring David Zeidberg, recently retired Avery Director of the Library. In his presentation, Sherman traces the modern field of cryptography back to the Renaissance and asks what role the invention of printing played in the keeping of secrets. This talk is part of the Zeidberg Lecture in the History of the Book Series at The Huntington.