Huntington Library Upcoming Events

Please see below for lots of upcoming Huntington Events, research-oriented and otherwise!  There are several family-friendly activities too.


Ridge Lecture – How Things Happen: Words into Action on Shakespeare’s Stage
MAY 6, TUES, 7:30 PM
Bradin Cormack, professor of English at Princeton University and author of A Power to Do Justice and co-editor of Shakespeare and the Law, explores various plays, including Hamlet, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra, in which Shakespeare approaches the problem of characterization by analyzing the basic shape of action itself. Book signing follows the talk. Free with reservation.  MORE

Distinguished Fellow Lecture – Anatomy, Cartography, and the New World Body
During the “Age of Discovery,” European cartographers and anatomists developed novel strategies for representing the human body in their atlases of the world and its inhabitants. Valerie Traub, professor of English and women’s studies at the University of Michigan speculates on the effects of their illustrations on the emergence of the concept of “the normal.”  MORE

Crotty Lecture – The Irish Massacres of 1641 and the Cromwellian Revenge of 1649–55
MAY 12, MON, 7:30 PM
John Morrill of Cambridge University draws on eyewitness testimony to examine the exceptional violence and disruption brought about by the Irish Massacres of 1641–42. Free with reservation. MORE

Conference – Revisiting Revisionism: New Directions in Early Modern British Studies
MAY 16–17, FRI–SAT, 8:30 AM–5 PM
In the 1970s, historical revisionism upended many scholarly notions. This conference reconsiders revisionism’s impact on our understanding of early modern British history, religion, and literature, as well as on the “big issues”—reformation, revolution, class, and culture—that have always animated British studies. REGISTER

Conference – Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes
MAY 23, FRI, 9:30 AM–5 PM
This conference complements the exhibition of the Archimedes palimpsest. Speakers include scholars, conservators, and specialists on Archimedes’ science. REGISTER


Garden Talk & Sale: Australian Boabs and Bottle Trees
MAY 8 , THURS, 2:30 PM, FREE
Succulent expert Attila Kapitany discusses the majestic giants of the Australian continent—boabs and bottle trees—including information on cultivation and their potential for use in landscape design. Plant sale follows. MORE

Japanese Teahouse Tour
MAY 12, MON, 12:30–4 PM
Take a peek inside the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and learn the traditions behind its use. Informal tours are offered at hourly intervals on the second Monday of every month. No reservations required. MORE


An Evening with Wu Man and Kojiro Umezaki
MAY 20, TUES, 7:30 PM
Internationally acclaimed pipa virtuoso Wu Man, The Huntington’s first musician in residence, discusses the work she is composing as part of her residency. The evening’s program includes a performance by Wu on the lute-like pipa, accompanied by Kojiro Umezaki on the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute. $10. PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE


Family Program: Fun with Archimedes
MAY 17, SAT, 11 AM–2 PM
Families can enjoy hands-on science and art activities related to the special exhibition “Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes” in an afternoon of drop-in fun presented in partnership with the Armory Center for the Arts. MORE

Family Evening of Stargazing
MAY 23, FRI, 7–9:30 PM
Star light, star bright, what can you see in the sky at night? Spend an evening at The Huntington exploring the universe through a variety of telescopes, courtesy of Sidewalk Astronomers, and tour the astronomy exhibits in Dibner Hall. $10 per person. Ages 2 and under free. REGISTER


Preschool Series: Edible Gardens
MAY 21, 28, JUNE 4, 11, WEDS, 10 AM–NOON
Come see what’s growing in our gardens! There’s more than just flowers: there are vegetables, fruits, and herbs, too. Preschool-aged children can explore The Huntington to discover how yummy many kinds of plants can be. Instructor Laura Moede leads this four-part series. Ages 3–4. $85. REGISTER

Plein Air Watercolor Series
Artist Robert Sherrill leads a five-part course in plein air landscape painting. Sessions will be held outdoors in the gardens, where the scenery of The Huntington offers endless variety and inspiration. $195. REGISTER  

VERSO: The Blog

Alan Taylor Wins Second Pulitzer Prize
The Pulitzer Prize in history this year went to a scholar with a strong Huntington connection. Read more on Verso. READ ON

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