Today marks the 149th anniversary of Lincoln’s famous address at Gettysburg. You can listen to a moving performance of this same speech as it was delivered by actor Courtney Vance at Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust’s recent talk, “Death and the Civil War,” which she gave here in Friends’ Hall in October. We’ve got it up on our iTunes U site. Read more about the lecture here.
Tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. we invite you to “An Isherwood Conversation,” a free event in Friends’ Hall. Join artist Don Bachardy and literary scholar Katherine Bucknell for conversation about author Christopher Isherwood, best known for his Berlin Stories, on which the musical Cabaret is based. Isherwood’s papers are housed at The Huntington. Bachardy, a noted portraitist, was Isherwood’s life-partner, and Bucknell is the editor of the author’s diaries. The event coincides with the publication of the third volume in the critically acclaimed series of diary editions, Liberation. A book signing will follow the program.
We’ll be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving, but we’re opening early on Friday—at 10:30 a.m.—so you can come walk off all that pie with a stroll around the galleries and gardens.
A week from today, on Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m., we’ve got “The Signatures of the Robben Island Shakespeare,” a free lecture in Friends’ Hall. David Schalkwyk, director of research at the Folger Shakespeare Library, talks about the copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare that circulated among 34 political prisoners (including Nelson Mandela) on Robben Island, the notorious apartheid prison. Each man signed his name next to his favorite passage. Schalkwyk will discuss the significance of their choices. 11/26/12 UPDATE: Please note that this event has been canceled.
For information on events that require registration and/or additional fees, please check out the calendar on The Huntington’s website.
Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.