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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.

 

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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.

 
Susan Orlean and Viet Thanh Nguyen
Lecture
President’s Series: Susan Orlean and Viet Thanh Nguyen
Nov. 4, 2019

A conversation between authors Susan Orlean (The Library Book) and Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) and moderated by William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

 
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Lecture
Strange Science of Astronomy: Past and Present
Oct. 29, 2019

An esteemed panel of astronomers, historians, and engineers explore astronomy's fantastical theories and fascinating discoveries with moderator and Caltech university archivist Peter Sachs Collopy. Panelists include Tracy Drain, JPL Psyche mission deputy project systems engineer; Eun-Joo Ahn, astrophysicist and graduate student in history at UCSB; W. Patrick McCray, professor of history at UCSB; and John Mulchaey, Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair and Director of the Carnegie Observatories.

 
Lecture
Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist
Oct. 27, 2019

Author Julie Leung and illustrator Chris Sasaki discuss the inspiring true story behind their children's book, Paper Son. Li Wei Yang, curator of Pacific Rim Collections at The Huntington, introduces the program and offers historical context. A book signing follows the talk.

 
b/w photo of Henry Huntington as a child
Lecture
The Founder and the Future: Becoming Henry Huntington
Oct. 23, 2019

William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, explores the life of Henry E. Huntington (1850-1927) against the backdrop of American history. This program is a Haynes Foundation Lecture.

 
Photograph of ethnobotanist Richard Schultes
Lecture
Life and Times of Ethnobotanist Richard Schultes in the Amazon
Oct. 20, 2019

Noted ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin and cartographer Brian Hettler of the Amazon Conservation Team discuss the work of Richard Schultes, the 20th-century ethnobotanist, and share their new interactive map, based on the explorer's journals, that tracks his Amazon travels and offers insights into his role in the development of the field of ethnobotany in the US.

 
Engraving of dancing people in 1919
Conference
In America, Nineteen Nineteen
Oct. 18, 2019

The year 1919 was a tumultuous one in American history. It was also the year that Henry E. Huntington created the institution that bears his name. This conference, designed around The Huntington's Nineteen Nineteen centennial exhibition, focuses on the social, cultural, and political events that provide a national and international context for Huntington's remarkable act of philanthropy.

 
Lecture
Recasting the King of Flowers in Late Imperial China
Oct. 17, 2019

Kristen L. Chiem, associate professor of art history at Pepperdine University, explores the role of floral imagery in Qing-dynasty China. Focusing on the peony, Chiem traces how artists used the flower to demonstrate imperial power during the 17th through 20th centuries. Prominently adorning portraits and material objects of Qing emperors and empresses, these images offer insight into gender, ethnicity, and diplomacy at court.

 
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Lecture
Locked in his Private Room: A Teenager's View of the Last Days of George Armstrong Custer
Oct. 9, 2019

Researcher T.J. Stiles describes the last year of Custer's life through the eyes of teenager Bertie Swett. Swett came to know Custer and his wife Libbie at Fort Abraham Lincoln and in Manhattan while America approached a historic turning point. Swett bared witness to the notorious soldier's life as he pushed his career and fortune to the brink of disaster.

 
Print of early modern astronomers
Lecture
“With a sincere hand and a faithful eye”: The Visual Culture of Early Modern Science
Oct. 3, 2019

Sachiko Kusukawa, professor of the history of science at the University of Cambridge, explores the many ways images served early modern science, from anatomical atlases and botanical illustrations to telescopic and microscopic observations.

 
Man on a pole repairing telegraph
Lecture
United by Lightning: The Transcontinental Telegraph of 1861
Oct. 2, 2019

Edmund Russell, professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University and the Dibner Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington, discusses the motives, construction, and consequences of the completion of transcontinental telegraph in 1861.