President's Series/Lectures

Karen Lawrence and Jim FolsomDec. 2, 2020 - Why It Matters: James P. Folsom in Conversation with Karen R. Lawrence
James P. Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgenson Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington, shares insights into a lifetime spent exploring the intersections of botany, art, literature, and history. After a brief presentation, Folsom joins Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence in conversation before taking questions from virtual attendees around the world. This will be one of Folsom's last public appearances as director of the gardens before he retires at the end of the year. 
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Aug. 26, 2020 - President’s Series: Inspired by Octavia E. Butler -  A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: Lynell George in conversation with Bill Deverell and Karla Nielsen
Writer Lynell George discusses her forthcoming book, A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler, and her experience in The Huntington archives, in conversation with William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute for California and the West and professor of history at USC, and Karla Nielsen, curator of literary collections at The Huntington. 
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March 5, 2020 - President's Series: Author Talk and Signing: Parable of the Sower, A Graphic Novel Adaptation
Damian Duffy and John Jennings, the award-winning team behind the #1 bestseller Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, discuss their new graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. This event is moderated by author Nalo Hopkinson and a book signing follows.
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Feb. 27, 2020 - Why It Matters: Drew Gilpin Faust and Karen R. Lawrence
Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence speaks with Drew Gilpin Faust, Civil War scholar and former president of Harvard, about the importance of the humanities.
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Feb. 6, 2020 - Why It Matters: Karen R. Lawrence In Conversation with Carla Hayden
For the debut of the new Centennial lecture series “Why It Matters,” Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence speaks with Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, about why archives and libraries exist and why the work they do continues to be important. 
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Jan. 13, 2020 - Paul G. Haaga Jr. Program on American Entrepreneurship
Featuring Paul G. Haaga Jr., Huntington Trustee emeritus, chair of the board of NPR, and retired chair of Capital Research and Management Company, in conversation with Meg Whitman, CEO of Quibi, former president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and eBay Inc., and 2010 Republican nominee for governor of California.
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Jan. 7, 2020 - President's Series: Octavia E. Butler’s Parables: A Music Talk with Toshi Reagon
Toshi Reagon, acclaimed composer and lyricist, discusses her operatic adaption of Octavia E. Butler's science fiction novel Parable of the Sower with special guests. Presented in association with UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance. 
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Nov. 14, 2019 - President's Series: Shakespeare's Bad Quarto on Stage
Scholar and author Zachary Lesser and actors from the Independent Shakespeare Co. present an evening of drama, audience interaction, and more than a few surprises, in a program that asks the question "What if you don't know Hamlet after all?"

 

Nov. 4, 2019 - President's Series: Susan Orlean and Viet Thanh Nguyen
Authors Susan Orlean (The Library Book) and Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) and moderator William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, discuss their books' shared focus on the role of memory and forgetting in the writing of history.  
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Sept. 5, 2019 - Centennial Celebration
President Karen R. Lawrence presents opening remarks at The Huntington's Centennial Celebration.
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Feb. 28, 2019- Founder's Day Lecture: James Joyce: How Good Writers Borrow, Great Writers Steal
Karen Lawrence, president of The Huntington and a James Joyce scholar, delivers the annual Founder's Day Lecture on the subject of Joyce's novel Ulysses. Lawrence's lecture examines what makes Joyce one of the greatest writers, and how he created one of the most original novels by stealing from everybody else.
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