Wednesday afternoon, from 2 to 3 p.m., we’ll have live holiday music in the Huntington Art Gallery. Dressed in elaborate period costumes, the a cappella group Vox Feminae will perform medieval and Renaissance works in an informal concert in the grand hallway of the Huntington Art Gallery. The program will include Gregorian chant, rarely heard medieval carols, Renaissance motets, and traditional carols from these periods.
Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. is “Religious Nonconformity and the Quality of Mercy: The Merchant of Venice in English Reformation Context,” a free lecture in Friends’ Hall. Ethan Shagan, professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, explores the bitter Elizabethan debate over whether the penalties of the law ought to be mitigated for conscientious religious dissenters, suggesting that The Merchant of Venice can usefully be read as an intervention in that debate.
This Saturday marks 104 years since the 60-inch telescope atop Mount Wilson was used for the very first time. The building of that telescope, then the largest in the world, was overseen by George Ellery Hale, and The Huntington just so happens to house some of his papers.
Next Monday at 7:30 p.m. we’ve got another free lecture in Friends’ Hall: “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.
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.