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Golden: How California Made America
Mar. 13, 2019

Acclaimed historian Louis Warren, professor of U.S. Western History at the University of California, Davis, explores how Californians remade American ideas of property and power between 1848 and the present in this Avery Lecture.


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Painted Schrank, American, 18th Century, ca. 1775
Mar. 19, 2019

What's a schrank and why do we have one? Elee Wood, Fielding Curator/Educator of Early American Art explains.

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Busted: Brash New Stories from Texas and New Mexico
Mar. 7, 2019

Join authors Bryan Mealer and Joshua Wheeler in a discussion about hardscrabble times, places, and people in Texas and New Mexico.

Karen R. Lawrence, president of The Huntington
Founder's Day Lecture - James Joyce, or: How Good Writers Borrow, Great Writers Steal
Feb. 28, 2019

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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A Whimsical Picture with a Grim Message: The Inshoku yōjō kagami and the Imagination of the Body in Early Modern Japan
Feb. 19, 2019

Shigehisa Kuriyama, professor of cultural history at Harvard University, discusses the Inshoku yōjō kagami (Rules of Dietary Life), a Japanese woodblock print produced around 1850. The image appears to whimsically depict the traditional East Asian view of the body, but it in fact reflects the transformative impact of Western medicine and the rise of the money economy.

Mei Ling in China City
Mei Ling in China City
Feb. 17, 2019

Author Icy Smith and illustrator Gayle Garner Roski discuss their book Mei Ling in China City, based on a true story set in Los Angeles during World War II. The story revolves around the friendship between a Chinese American girl named Mei Ling Lee and her Japanese American friend, Yayeko Akiyama, who was interned with her family in the Manzanar War Relocation Center.

Symposium - From the Mountains to the Garden: The Domestication of Garden Plants in China
Feb. 16, 2019

This symposium investigates the history of garden plant domestication in China, focusing on such topics as horticultural techniques, the origins and distribution of important species, and the knowledge gained from literary records to DNA analysis.

William Deverell, professor of history at USC
The Entrepreneurial Frontier: The West and American Innovation
Feb. 13, 2019

William Deverell, professor of history at USC, explores the regional dimensions of American entrepreneurialism; what special features or challenges found in the American West helped drive entrepreneurs and stimulate original thinking, and how and why did the West inhibit breakthroughs or pioneer innovations?

Fara Dabhoiwala, professor of history at Princeton University
Speech Before Free Speech
Jan. 23, 2019

Fara Dabhoiwala, professor of history at Princeton University, explores why speech, before the 18th century, was continually monitored and policed in every sphere of life across the Western world; no one believed speech should be free. This program is a Crotty Lecture.

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Border-Crossing Botanicals: The Curious History of Saffron in Japan
Jan. 22, 2019

Susan Burns, professor of history at the University of Chicago, explores the incorporation of saffron into Japanese pharmacology, a complex process that involved the rise of natural science and a "productive confusion" that linked saffron with other botanicals. This program is part of the East Asian Garden Lecture series.

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An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846–1873
Jan. 16, 2019

Benjamin Madley, associate professor of history at UCLA, discusses the near-annihilation and survival of California's indigenous population under United States rule in this Billington Lecture

Portrait of James VI of Scotland
1595–1606: New Perspectives on Regime Change
Jan. 11, 2019

The death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603 marked not only the succession of James VI of Scotland to the English throne but also a change of dynasty from Tudor to Stuart. This conference explains how, in a world of weak bureaucracy that depended on the willingness of powerful people to govern, a change of dynasty influenced the governance of the realm.

The Huntingtons Hundredth Rose, an old-fashioned rose, soft pastel yellow touched with a blush of orchid pink and cream
The 'Huntington's Hundredth' Rose
Jan. 10, 2019

Rose hybridizer Tom Carruth, the E. L. and Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose Collections at The Huntington, introduces his newest floribunda, 'Huntington's Hundredth', developed to commemorate the institution's upcoming centennial. The old-fashioned rose is a soft pastel yellow touched with a blush of orchid pink and cream, with a powerful fragrance reminiscent of citrus blossoms and sweet fruit.