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Two Sisters of Blazing Genius

Tue., Nov. 22, 2022 | Devoney Looser
Devoney Looser is Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University and the author or editor of 10 books on literature by women. The following excerpt comes from Looser’s most recent book, “Sister Novelists: The Trailblazing Porter Sisters, Who Paved the Way for Austen and the Brontës.”

A Founding Document

Wed., Nov. 16, 2022 | Olga Tsapina
In September 1758, the 62-year-old Lt. Col. Conrad Weiser (1696–1760), a veteran Indian interpreter, recorded a speech delivered by a man whose name he rendered as Ackowano Thio, or Ackowanothio.

Imagining Shakespeare in 2050: Performance and Archives

Fri., Nov. 11, 2022
Join a panel of scholars and artistic directors in dialogue about Shakespeare’s work, theatrical performances, and archives, as well as his future role in the world at large.

Underrepresented Voices in the Archive

Thu., Nov. 10, 2022
Huntington curators Dr. Linde B. Lehtinen and Li Wei Yang discuss and highlight the Library's African American, Asian American, Indigenous, and LGBTQ collections. Moderated by Dr. Natalia Molina, Interim, W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research.

What Is the Future of Shakespeare?

Tue., Nov. 8, 2022 | Ayanna Thompson
William Shakespeare remained the most produced playwright in the world in 2022, but will he maintain that status by 2050? While major research libraries continue to build their collections around their Shakespearean holdings, the purpose of the research library is in flux.

Rooted in Conservation

Tue., Nov. 1, 2022 | Nicole Cavender
Most guests who visit the botanical gardens at The Huntington appreciate their beauty, but there is much more to them than meets the eye. Our living plant collection is both regionally and globally diverse. Thousands of the species in our care are not found in any other botanical garden.

News Release - The Huntington Acquires Major Work by Female 18th-Century French Master Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

Tue., Nov. 1, 2022
Portrait of Joseph Hyacinthe François-de-Paule de Rigaud, comte de Vaudreuil is the second masterpiece purchased through an Ahmanson Foundation gift.

Abortion and the Historical Record

Tue., Oct. 25, 2022 | Alicia Gutierrez-Romine
On Sept. 2, 1859, Lucy E. Nuttall died in Nevada County, California, of complications following an abortion. Her untimely death provides a window through which we can view a place and time when abortion access was highly limited.

Got Milkweed?

Tue., Oct. 18, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
One indicator of a healthy garden is a diversity of invertebrate life, from soil microbes to insects. With its botanical bounty and limited use of chemical controls in landscape maintenance, The Huntington’s grounds are an urban oasis for wildlife, including an incredible array of spineless wonders.

Centering Race and Disability in Histories of Eugenics

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 | Natalie Lira and Alexandra Minna Stern
The Huntington is an apt place for a conference on race, disability, and eugenics in the United States.

What Does The Huntington Have For Me? A Conversation with Huntington Curators

Fri., Oct. 7, 2022
Moderated by Natalia Molina, interim director of research at The Huntington, Huntington curators Clay Stalls and Peter Blodgett, and Verónica Castillo-Muñoz (UCSB) discuss the Library's extensive Hispanic collection of manuscripts, rare books and other printed materials, maps, and photographs.

Toasting Mexico, Roasting Imperialism

Tue., Oct. 4, 2022 | Vanessa Ovalle Perez
In 1865, the El Nuevo Mundo newspaper of San Francisco invited its readers to join in toasting Mexico’s heroes and roasting its imperialist enemies by printing “brindis,” or toasts, performed by women of the Zaragoza Club of Los Angeles and the Patriotic Club of Mexico of Virginia City, Nevada.