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Hear and Now at The Huntington
May. 29, 2020

Hear and Now is a new podcast that connects the incomparable library, art, and botanical collections at The Huntington with the wider world. Join host Giovana Romano Sanchez for a series of short audio essays that explore objects and ideas found at The Huntington along with the brilliant minds behind them. What...

 

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Greenhouse Fantasies portrait by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
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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...

 
Photograph of Chinese rock garden
Lecture
Transformations of the Chinese Garden
Jan. 23, 2020

Hui-shu Lee, professor of Chinese art history at UCLA, reflects on two recipients of the Pritzker Architecture Prize—I. M. Pei and Wang Shu—and their instrumental reinterpretations of Chinese garden design for the modern and post-modern worlds.

 
20th Century Chinese workers
Lecture
The Chinese in The Huntington Archives
Jan. 22, 2020

Mae Ngai, professor of history at Columbia University, explores The Huntington's collections on the history of the American West, which includes some scattered references of the Chinese people, who were integral to California's history but were not always visible through historical records.

 
Cover of Thomas Cromwell book
Lecture
Thomas Cromwell: Getting Past the Myths
Jan. 21, 2020

Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, emeritus professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St. Cross College, introduces his ground-breaking biography of the self-made statesman who married his son to King Henry VIII's sister-in-law, reshaped Tudor England and Ireland, and set the kingdom on...

 
19th Century photograph of Biddy Mason
Lecture
The Trials of Biddy Mason
Jan. 16, 2020

Sally Gordon (University of Pennsylvania) and Kevin Waite (Durham University) explore the role of the Mormon Church and the spread of slavery across the continent in the mid-19th century through the life of Bridget "Biddy" Mason.

 
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.

 
J. Goldsborough Bruff sketch
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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.