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Portrait of Meg Whitman
Lecture
Centennial Paul Haaga Jr. Program on American Entrepreneurship
Jan. 13, 2020

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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Eavesdropping on the Gold Rush
Jan. 13, 2020

J. Goldsborough Bruff was a cartographer who got gold fever and went west to California in 1849. Like most everyone else, he found no gold, but he left behind something truly unique. And one hundred years ago Henry Huntington acquired it for the library.

 
Huntington 100th rose
Lecture
The 'Huntington's 100th' Rose
Jan. 9, 2020

Rose hybridizer Tom Carruth, the E. L. and Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose Collections at The Huntington, discusses how he developed his newest floribunda, 'Huntington's 100th', named in honor of the institution's Centennial Celebration.

 
Portrait of Isaac Newton
Lecture
Counterfeiting Science: The Uses of Evidence in the Newton-Leibniz Priority Dispute
Jan. 8, 2020

Rob Iliffe, professor of the history of science at the University of Oxford, discusses two little-known documents that reveal how Isaac Newton's approach to prosecuting contemporary counterfeiters as a warden of the Royal Mint was closely related to his strategy for revealing the corruption of Christianity.

 
Conference
John Ruskin: 19th-Century Visionary, 21st-Century Inspiration
Dec. 13, 2019

This conference introduces British art and social critic John Ruskin to a modern audience and makes the case for his continuing relevance in our own troubled time.

 
Lecture
Benjamin Franklin: The Never-Completed American Founder
Dec. 11, 2019

Joyce Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University, revisits The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which was one of Henry Huntington's most prized manuscript acquisitions. Franklin tells a tantalizingly open-ended story about his life because the manuscript was left unfinished.

 
Cover of L.A. Mexicano
Lecture
Our Common Table: A Journey Through L.A.’s Flourishing Culinary Communities
Nov. 23, 2019

Bill Esparza, author of "L.A. Mexicano: Recipes, People & Places," and Elisa Callow, author of "The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Eating on L.A.'s Eastside," join award-winning journalist and L.A. chronicler Val Zavala in a Q&A about L.A. food culture. 

 
Inside a tropical plant greenhouse
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Pollinating Blue Boy
Nov. 21, 2019

For one hundred years The Huntington has been spreading knowledge like pollen, helping scholarship bloom into exhibitions and publications. Sometimes the right pollen is hard to get though, that's why it's good to have friends who can help.

 
Garden at Alcatraz
Lecture
Outstanding American Gardens: What are They, Where are They, and How Can They be Saved?
Nov. 17, 2019

James Brayton Hall, president of the Garden Conservancy, examines what America's gardens say about our culture and how new approaches pioneered by the Conservancy are helping to protect and document these landscapes for the future. Several examples of West Coast gardens are highlighted, including remarkable successes—such as the gardens surrounding the former prison on Alcatraz Island—and one near failure.

 
Photograph of English manor in ruins
Lecture
Hamlet and Other Ghost Stories
Nov. 13, 2019

Henry Huntington acquired one of the rarest books in the history of English literature: the so-called "bad quarto" of Hamlet. Zachary Lesser, professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses how this book's discovery in 1823 transformed our ideas about Hamlet, how it made its way to The Huntington, and what can we learn through this book's history about modern libraries.

 
The Book Culture of the Elizabethan Catholic Underground
Nov. 8, 2019

This interdisciplinary conference explored the subterranean world of Elizabethan Catholic print and scribal culture, set against the backdrop of press censorship, illicit printing, book smuggling, subversive scribal publication, and the uses of Catholic writing by government agents. The study of book circulation illuminated the nature and significance of the persecuted religious minority that was, by the end of the 16th century, no longer supposed to exist.

 
Print of Yosemite
Lecture
The Lore and Lure of Literature on Early Yosemite Tourism
Nov. 7, 2019

Dennis Kruska, a noted authority on the Yosemite Valley, discusses the literature that enticed sightseers to experience the Yosemite's scenic wonders following the first tourist party to the valley in 1855. The literary lure on tourism has worked so well, says Kruska, that today Yosemite is painfully loved to death.

 
Portrait of William Shakespeare
Lecture
“I must hold my tongue:” Shakespeare’s Freedom of Speech
Nov. 6, 2019

Dympna Callaghan, William L. Safire Professor of Modern Letters at Syracuse University, considers Shakespeare's complaints about the limitations on what he could say and how he could say it.