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Lecture
Confederate Infamy
Sep. 23, 2020

Robert Bonner, professor of history at Dartmouth College, probes the deep history of the images, words, and ships that cast odium on the slaveholders' rebellion of the 1860s. This lecture is a Rogers Distinguished Fellow's Lecture in Nineteenth-Century American History.

 

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Video
Hdoc: Growing Up in Downtown Los Angeles During the 1880s
Apr. 16, 2020

In 1964 an audio recording was made by a member of one of the early pioneer families of Los Angeles. In the recording, Belle Buford Thom Collins recalled growing up in 1880s Los Angeles. The interviewee's father, Cameron Erskine Thom (1825-1915), was Los Angeles County district attorney, mayor of Los Angeles (...

 
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Video
Restoration of The Blue Boy
Mar. 27, 2020

The restoration of "The Blue Boy" by Thomas Gainsborough is complete. As we await Blue Boy's public unveiling, Christina Nielsen reflects on the project.

 
The Collections podcast
Podcast
The Collections Podcast
Mar. 23, 2020

Welcome to The Collections, a podcast produced by The Huntington, hosted by Huntington President Karen  R.  Lawrence. In this first season, inaugurated during the institution’s Centennial, Dr....

 
Lecture
California and the Birth of the Modern Garden
Mar. 9, 2020

Wade Graham, author of American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards, What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are, explores the birth and career of the modern garden in California between 1920 and the 1960s. He charts the prewar origins, postwar evolution, and global...

 
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Lecture
President's Series: Parable of the Sower, A Graphic Novel Adaptation
Mar. 5, 2020

 
Damian Duffy and John Jennings, the award-winning team behind the #1 bestseller Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, discuss their new graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower.

 
John Frederick Crease (British), The house we tiffined in, in the Gardens... [Canton, China], 1858, Albumen photograph [Source: Royal British Columbia Museum
Conference
“Unscholarly” Gardens: Rethinking the Gardens of China
Feb. 29, 2020

The image of a "Chinese garden" that most often comes to mind is that of the white-walled, gray-tiled gardens built by scholar-officials and merchants in the city of Suzhou during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Despite its iconic status in the contemporary imagination, the Suzhou-style scholar's garden is only one...

 
Lecture
Why It Matters: Drew Gilpin Faust and Karen R. Lawrence
Feb. 27, 2020

Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence speaks with Drew Gilpin Faust, former president of Harvard and Civil War scholar, about the importance of the humanities.

 
Lecture
Founders' Day Lecture: Making History
Feb. 27, 2020

Civil War scholar and former Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust explores the ways The Huntington's collections have served as a critical resource for our understanding of the Civil War. Although the collection started with Henry Huntington, it has expanded since the library's founding, bringing new insights about...

 
Greenhouse Fantasies portrait by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Video
The Hilton Als Series: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Feb. 24, 2020

Recent portrait-like paintings by contemporary British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye are displayed adjacent to the historic Thornton Portrait Gallery at The Huntington in an exhibition curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hilton Als, staff writer and theater critic for The New Yorker magazine, and associate...

 
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Lecture
The Materiality of Love
Feb. 12, 2020

Peter Stallybrass, professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, examines a single letter that Elizabeth Barrett wrote to Hugh Stuart Boyd, a scholar with whom she was passionately in love long before she met her fellow poet and future husband, Robert Browning.

 
Lecture
Why It Matters: Karen R. Lawrence In Conversation with Carla Hayden
Feb. 6, 2020

Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence speaks with Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, about why archives and libraries exist and why the work they do continues to be important.

 
Conference
The First Vision of Joseph Smith, Jr.: 200 Years On
Jan. 24, 2020

Rooted in The Huntington's substantial collection of Mormon history materials, this conference commemorates the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith's proclaimed First Vision experience. Speakers analyze the various accounts of Smith's theophany and assess what it has come to mean both to the Latter-day Saints and to...