Tonight at 7:30 p.m. we have a free lecture with a title that will surely raise some eyebrows: “Sex, Religion, and the Private Life of Isaac Newton.” The recent publication of a large number of religious tracts by Isaac Newton has opened a window into his private life as a college professor. Rob Iliffe, professor of intellectual history and history of science at the University of Sussex and the Eleanor Searle Visiting Professor in the History of Science at Caltech and The Huntington, examines the background to Newton’s extensive writings on what sorts of bodily practices were allowable (and what were not) in an intimate and largely celibate society of Christian men. Lecture is in Friends’ Hall.
Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Friends’ Hall is the Second Thursday Garden Talk & Sale. Come hear John Trager, curator of the desert collections at The Huntington, present “Gifts from the Succulent Garden.” Trager will share tips for making unique hand-crafted gifts using living succulent plants. He’ll discuss the basic techniques for creating vertical wall planters (the hottest trend in succulent displays) plus decorative wreaths and dish gardens. A plant sale will follow this free program.
This Saturday night, a short Huntington-made film will screen at Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles as part of their New Works Salon. “In the Usual Manner,” which we discussed last week here on Verso, was made in conjunction with “A Strange and Fearful Interest,” our Civil War photography exhibition that is on view in the Boone Gallery through Jan. 14, 2013. Admission to the New Works Salon is a $5 suggested donation, payable at the door. Event starts at 8 p.m.
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.