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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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CONFERENCE | Histories of Data and the Database
Nov. 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.

What is the Orbit Pavilion?
Nov. 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.

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Mapping the English Village
Nov. 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.

The Cutter Incident
Nov. 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.

Radical Reproduction
Nov. 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.

Painters, Carvers, and Style in Chinese Woodblock Printed Images
Oct. 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.

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The New Battlefield History of the American Revolution
Oct. 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.

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CONFERENCE | Early Modern Literary Geographies
Oct. 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.

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Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Collecting
Oct. 16, 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.

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Becoming Gay in the 1960s: Reading “A Single Man”
Oct. 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.

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The United States from the Inside Out and Southside North
Oct. 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.

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Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? Chinese Woodblock Prints of the Late Ming and Qing Periods
Oct. 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."

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Physics and Belles Lettres
Sep. 27, 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.

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CONFERENCE | Ben Jonson, 1616–2016
Sep. 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.

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CONFERENCE | The Complete Street: Wrongs and Rights of Way
Sep. 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.

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The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire
Sep. 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

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Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting
Sep. 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.

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LISTEN>> Caring for a Collection
Sep. 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.

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LOOK>> Spelling Slips
Aug. 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.

Guoliang Wang
Explorations in the History of the Rose in China
Jun. 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.

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LISTEN>> Japanese Tea Ceremony
Jun. 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
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."

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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.

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. This event is part of the Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Series.

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A Short History of Planet Formations
Apr. 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. This event is part of the Carnegie Astronomy Lecture Series

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Lecture: "From the Big Bang to Black Holes and Gravitational Waves"
Mar. 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.