Carla Hayden and Huntington President Karen Lawrence

Office of the President - President's Series Lectures

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Karen R. Lawrence, and Robert C. Davidson Jr.

April 26, 2022 - Why It Matters: Lonnie G. Bunch III in conversation with Karen R. Lawrence and Robert C. Davidson Jr.

Lonnie G. Bunch III, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, joins Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence and Huntington Governor Robert C. Davidson Jr. in a conversation about why museums and collecting institutions matter, what they have to offer to contemporary social and racial justice movements, and what it means to lead a museum in the current moment.

Charles Yu

March 2, 2022 - Founders' Day Lecture - Charles Yu in Conversation with Simon K.C. Li

For The Huntington's 2022 Founders' Day celebration, acclaimed writer Charles Yu joins Huntington Trustee Simon K.C. Li to discuss Yu's experiences writing in multiple genres, the role of fiction in constructing identity, current U.S. dialogues about race and identity, and more.

This event is no longer available for viewing.

Karen Lawrence and Jim Folsom

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

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. After a brief presentation, Folsom joins Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence in conversation before taking questions from virtual attendees around the world. This will be one of Folsom's last public appearances as director of the gardens before he retires at the end of the year.

Author Lynell George

Aug. 26, 2020 - President’s Series: Inspired by Octavia E. Butler - A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: Lynell George in conversation with Bill Deverell and Karla Nielsen

Writer Lynell George discusses her forthcoming book, A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler, and her experience in The Huntington archives, in conversation with William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute for California and the West and professor of history at USC, and Karla Nielsen, curator of literary collections at The Huntington.

Parable of the Sower

March 5, 2020 - President's Series: Author Talk and Signing: Parable of the Sower, A Graphic Novel Adaptation

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. This event is moderated by author Nalo Hopkinson and a book signing follows.

Drew Gilpin Faust and Karen R. Lawrence

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

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

Carla Hayden and Karen R. Lawrence

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

For the debut of the new Centennial lecture series “Why It Matters,” 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.

Meg Whitman

Jan. 13, 2020 - Paul G. Haaga Jr. Program on American Entrepreneurship

Featuring 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.

Toshi Reagon

Jan. 7, 2020 - President's Series: Octavia E. Butler’s Parables: A Music Talk with Toshi Reagon

Toshi Reagon, acclaimed composer and lyricist, discusses her operatic adaption of Octavia E. Butler's science fiction novel Parable of the Sower with special guests. Presented in association with UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance.

Zachary Lesser

Nov. 14, 2019 - President's Series: Shakespeare's Bad Quarto on Stage

Scholar and author Zachary Lesser and actors from the Independent Shakespeare Co. present an evening of drama, audience interaction, and more than a few surprises, in a program that asks the question "What if you don't know Hamlet after all?"

This event is no longer available for viewing.

Susan Orlean and Viet Thanh Nguyen

Nov. 4, 2019 - President's Series: Susan Orlean and Viet Thanh Nguyen

Authors Susan Orlean (The Library Book) and Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) and moderator William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, discuss their books' shared focus on the role of memory and forgetting in the writing of history.

Karen Lawrence

Sept. 5, 2019 - Centennial Celebration

President Karen R. Lawrence presents opening remarks at The Huntington's Centennial Celebration.

Karen Lawrence

Feb. 28, 2019 - Founder's Day Lecture: James Joyce: How Good Writers Borrow, Great Writers Steal

Karen Lawrence, president of The Huntington and a James Joyce scholar, delivers the annual Founder's Day Lecture on the subject of Joyce's novel Ulysses. Lawrence's lecture examines what makes Joyce one of the greatest writers, and how he created one of the most original novels by stealing from everybody else.