Conferences and Lectures


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The Research Division hosts six to seven academic conferences each year, all based on research related to the collections. The program is designed to reflect the depth and breadth of The Huntington’s collections, showcasing the scholarship that characterizes humanities research across the fields of history, literature, art history, and the history of science.


Conferences take place on Fridays and Saturdays between September and May and feature twelve invited speakers from all over the world. The target audience for Huntington conferences is primarily academic, and consists mainly of Southern California-based faculty and graduate students and resident research fellows, but appeal to members of the general public as well.


The conference program is supported by The Huntington’s own endowments (originally created by William French Smith, by Dorothy Collins Brown, by the Dibner family and by one other anonymous gift); by the generosity of individual donors; by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute; and by co-sponsorship with various other institutions (including Caltech, Occidental College, and the campuses of the University of California).


Upcoming Lectures | Past LecturesLecture at The Huntington


The Research Division hosts approximately twenty public lectures each year, on themes related to The Huntington collections. Lectures are held at 7:30 p.m. on weekday evenings during the academic year (September through May) and are open to the public with audiences ranging from high school students to retirees.


Six of the lectures are given by Distinguished Research Fellows in residence, with expertise in the following fields: early American history; nineteenth-century American History; British history and literature; the history and culture of the Americas; and the history of science and technology. Presenting a public lecture is one of the few obligations required of our Distinguished Fellows who are otherwise expected to play mentoring roles in the scholarly community at The Huntington.


The remainder of the lectures are funded by specific endowments in particular fields, ranging from the history of the Asian-American experience; through the culture of American entrepreneurship; to the history and culture of British and European civilization. These endowed lectures are given by scholars invited from all over the United States.


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