Upcoming Lectures


The Research Division hosts at least twenty public lectures each year on themes related to The Huntington collections. Details about each lecture are available approximately two months prior to lecture date on the online calendar. Unless otherwise noted, lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Rothenberg Hall in the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center.


NEW!  Research Lecture and Dinner Series

Join us before each lecture for a three-course, prix-fixe dinner at 1919, just steps away from Rothenberg Hall. Our new Research Lecture and Dinner Series offers delectable dinners inspired by the lecture topics complete with full table service. Signature cocktails, beer, and wine will also be available at The Bar in 1919. Each lecture-inspired dinner is $35 per person, and begins at 6 p.m. Dinner reservations required. RESERVE DINNER> (Reservations for lectures are not required unless noted*)

2017 Lectures

Jan. 9, 2017

The Paul G. Haaga Jr. Lecture in the History of American Entrepreneurship

Professor Naomi Lamoreaux (History, Yale University)


Jan. 11, 2017

The Allan Nevins Lecture in American History

Professor Christopher Brown (History, Columbia University)


Jan. 25, 2017

The Dibner Lecture in the History of Science and Technology

Professor Mary Terrall (History, UCLA)


Feb. 8, 2017

The Ray Allen Billington Lecture in the History of the American West - "The Theater of Many Deeds of Blood: The Geography of Violence in Frontier Los Angeles 

Professor John Faragher (History, Yale University)

John Mack Faragher, the Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of History and American Studies at Yale University, discusses the spatial pattern of homicide in Southern California in the 19th century. Faragher will sign copies of his newly released book on the topic, Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles, following the program.  No reservation required for lecture.

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March 1, 2017

Crotty Lecture - A Satire of the Three Estates: Renaissance Scotland’s Best Kept Secret?

Professor Greg Walker (English, University of Edinburgh)

Greg Walker, Regius Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, discusses Sir David Lyndsay’s remarkable play, A Satire of the Three Estates, probably the most dramatically and politically radical piece of theater produced in Britain in the 16th century. No reservation required for this lecture.
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March 15, 2017

Cheng Foundation Lecture - The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

Professor Mae Ngai (History, Columbia University)

Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and professor of history at Columbia University, discusses the role of Chinese miners in the 19th-century gold rushes of California, Australia, and South Africa, and the rise of anti-Chinese politics in the West. No reservation required for this lecture.

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March 20, 2017

Zamorano Lecture - Excavating the Book

Professor Stephen Orgel (English, Stanford University)

Stephen Orgel, J.E. Reynolds Professor in Humanities at Stanford, discusses books and their marketing throughout history, emphasizing the ways in which books are embedded in history, and the respects in which literary interpretation is at least partly a form of archaeology. No reservation required for this lecture.
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April 12, 2017

Distinguished Fellow Lecture - Potosi, Silver, and the Coming of the Modern World

Professor John Demos (History, Yale University)

John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and the Ritchie Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington, presents an account of Potosi, the great 16th- and 17th-century South American silver mine and boomtown which galvanized imperial Spain, fueled the rise of capitalism, destroyed native peoples and cultures en masse, and changed history (for good or ill?). No reservation required for this lecture.
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May 11, 2017

The Martin Ridge Lecture in Literature - "I Met a Man Who Wasn't There"

Hilary Mantel

The Tudor statesman Thomas Cromwell was described by an eminent historian as ’not biographable.’ As she works to the conclusion of the trilogy that began with Wolf Hall, novelist Hilary Mantel describes her ten-year effort to pin her compelling and elusive subject to the page. *Reservation REQUIRED for this lecture. (select May 11 in the event drop down menu if attending free lecture without dinner)
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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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