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Richard Neutra, Landscape Architect
Jun. 3, 2019

Architectural historian Barbara Lamprecht explores a little known but key aspect of Richard Neutra's unique contribution to architecture: designing environments that fused constructions and site to create "soul anchorages" or "habitats." Renowned for his sleek interpretations of Modernism, Neutra's first job after World War I was as a gardening assistant to one of Switzerland's most famous early purveyors of Modern landscape design. Neutra later integrated his knowledge of plants with ideas about evolutionary biology's role in human well-being. The program is presented as part of the California Garden & Landscape History Society Lecture Series.


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The Old Menus of New Chinatown
May 29, 2019

Li Wei Yang, curator of the Pacific Rim Collection at The Huntington, retraces the history of Chinatown in Los Angeles using old Chinese Restaurant menus from the You Chung Hong Family Collection.

America's First Botanical Garden
May 23, 2019

Historian Victoria Johnson discusses the life of David Hosack, the attending physician at the Hamilton-Burr duel and founder of the nation's first public botanical garden, today the site of Rockefeller Center. Johnson is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography of Hosack, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic.

The Browns of California: A Conversation with Governor Jerry Brown
May 21, 2019

The Browns of California: A Conversation with Governor Jerry Brown and Miriam Pawel, moderated by William Deverell.

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1802: Cultural Exchange during the Peace of Amiens
May 17, 2019

This interdisciplinary conference illuminates the movement of writers, artists, scientists, and cultural goods between Paris and London during the fourteen months of peace ushered in by the Treaty of Amiens, from March 1802 through May 1803–the first break in hostilities after a decade of Revolutionary warfare.

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Endeavour: The Ship that Changed the World
May 13, 2019

Peter Moore, writer and lecturer at the University of Oxford, takes us back to the mid-18th century to the story of how a humble coal collier from a small port in northern England came to define an entire age.

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The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt
May 7, 2019

Andrea Wulf, the New York Times bestselling author, discusses her new illustrated book, The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt—her second work about the intrepid explorer and naturalist.

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The DNA of Galaxies
Apr. 29, 2019

Allison L. Strom, Carnegie Fellow at the Carnegie Observatories, shows how astronomers are now using the world's largest telescopes to determine the chemical DNA of even very distant galaxies, and how this information is answering key questions about how galaxies like our own formed and evolved.

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The Making of a Chinese Medicine Text
Apr. 23, 2019

Sean Bradley, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington, explores the history and development of an early text on emergency Chinese medicine, the Zhouhou beiji fang 肘後備急方 (Emergency Medicines to Keep on Hand), by the 4th-century alchemist and scholar, Ge Hong 葛洪.

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Stereotypes and Stereotyping in the Early Modern World
Apr. 19, 2019

The use and abuse of stereotypes is not limited to present-day politics. In this conference, experts in British and American history examine stereotypes related to such vital issues as race, religion, gender, nationality, and occupation. The program explores how stereotyping then, as now, persisted across different spheres of life; how individuals and groups responded; and with what consequences.

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Off the Beaten Tracks: Little-Known Facts and Well-known Fiction about Chinese Railroad Workers
Apr. 17, 2019

Sue Fawn Chung, professor emerita at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, presents facts and fictions about late 19th-century Chinese railroad workers, introducing newly published work on the subject: The Chinese and the Iron Road.

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Stars Under the Microscope: Ancient Stardust in Meteorites
Apr. 15, 2019

Larry Nittler, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science, discusses how he uses microscopic analyses to understand what "presolar" stellar fossils - tiny grains of dust in meteorites - tell us about the evolution and inner workings of stars and the chemical history of the matter that became the sun and planets.

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Conserving The Blue Boy in Public
Apr. 12, 2019

One of the most iconic paintings in British and American history, The Blue Boy, made around 1770 by English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), is undergoing its first major conservation treatment since its acquisition in 1921.