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Why It Matters: James P. Folsom in Conversation with Karen R. Lawrence
Dec. 2, 2020

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. For more than three decades, Folsom has overseen The Huntington's extensive botanical collections, showcased in 18...

 

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Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Woman's Life in Nineteenth-Century Japan
Nov. 19, 2020

Amy Stanley, professor of history at Northwestern University, introduces the vibrant social and cultural life of early nineteenth-century Japan through the story of an irrepressible woman named Tsuneno, who defied convention to make a life for herself in the big city of Edo (now Tokyo) in the decades before the...

 
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Black Matter
Nov. 18, 2020

Namwali Serpell, professor of literature at Harvard, author of The Old Drift, and recent recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke award for the best science fiction novel published in the UK discusses the origins of Afrofuturism. This is the Ridge Lecture for Literature.

 
Stephanie Jones-Rogers
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Mistresses of the Market: White Women and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Slave Trade
Nov. 11, 2020

Stephanie Jones-Rogers, associate professor of history at University of California, Berkeley, draws upon the testimony of formerly enslaved individuals, the correspondence and account books of slave traders, and a wide range of other material (including travel writing, newspapers and business directories) to show...

 
Conference
Ecologies of Paper in the Early Modern World: Virtual Conference
Nov. 5, 2020

This conference explores the transmutation, preservation, and loss of paper as a cycle of archiving and forgetting that defined early modern artistic practice, economic transaction, and political statecraft. Speakers map paper's various guises, its ability to retain meanings associated with its material origins as...

 
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Strange Science: Tales from the Vault
Oct. 31, 2020

Discover the eerier side of The Huntington in a virtual event where curators and botanists share rarely seen objects and otherworldly stories from deep inside the collections. Enter a mysterious world of ghoulish characters, bizarre plants, and devilish elixirs and treats you can make at home.

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The Past and Future of The Huntington's Asian Gardens
Oct. 29, 2020

For this presentation, James Folsom, the Marge and Sherm Telleen/Marion and Earle Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens, recounts the physical and intellectual origins of Liu Fang Yuan, reminding us of the many people, ideas, and activities that brought this garden and endeavor to its current state. To...

 
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What Is a Second Edition? A Pictorial Introduction to Bibliographical Terms
Oct. 21, 2020

In this webinar, Huntington Curator of Rare Books Stephen Tabor explains how printing technology developed from the hand-press period to the early 20th century, shows how to spot different typesettings and impressions, and explores how basic bibliographical terms have been used variously by book historians,...

 
Annette Gordon-Reed
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The Past in the Present: America’s Founding and Us
Oct. 17, 2020

Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of the nation's premier authorities on the Founding era, discusses how Americans today deal with problematic historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, in the inaugural lecture for the...

 
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The Huntington Library at One Hundred and One: Eleven Million Items and Still Counting
Oct. 16, 2020

Huntington curators share stories about some of the Library's most remarkable and surprising acquisitions. This program is presented by Rare Books LA.

 
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Waves of Calamity: Race, Water, and Power in the Evolution of Slavery's Memory
Oct. 14, 2020

Dr. Sowande' Mustakeem, Associate Professor of History and of African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, reconstructs the significance of water and power in how slavery is remembered, exploring the roles of bondpeople, sailors, and slave ship surgeons during the centuries of racial...

 
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Fragrant Rhythms: The Seasons of Liu Fang Yuan
Oct. 11, 2020

Tang Qingnian 唐慶年, the 2019 Cheng Family Visiting Artist at The Huntington, screens the video artwork that has been the focus of his yearlong residency. A conversation with the artist follows a virtual screening of his new video. A new musical work composed by pipa virtuoso Wu Man 吳蠻 and shakuhachi artist Kojiro...

 
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The Pleasures of Chinese Gardens
Oct. 8, 2020

Phillip E. Bloom, June and Simon K.C. Li Curator of the Chinese Garden and Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies, examines a selection of gardens from Song-dynasty (960–1279) China that explicitly thematized both the sensual and intellectual pleasures of gardening. The talk argues that close...