Nickerson Lecture:
Citizen Hearst: Phoebe Apperson Hearst and the Life Behind Her Library

Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22
6 p.m.
Free. *Please note: the March 22 lecture is currently full.   Reservations

The development of Phoebe Hearst’s private collection intersected with her significant role and influence on the University of California at Berkeley. Hearst’s acquired objects revealed her avid interest in obtaining an education and becoming a cosmopolitan, learned citizen of the world, as well as her increasingly self-conscious bid to establish her personal legacy and imbue it with her own political and social values. Dr. Amy Lippert examines how Hearst ensured both a material and a figurative place for her legacy and her long-term social goals through the institution of U.C. Berkeley.

As space is limited, reservations are required. Museum doors open at 5 p.m. for any attendees who would like to explore the Museum and its collections.

About the Speaker

Dr. Amy Lippert is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching focus on the cultural and social history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a special interest in mass production, consumption, and interaction with visual imagery and problems of perception. Current projects include a book nearing completion on visual culture and celebrity in ninteenth-century San Francisco and research on the dynamics of gender and higher education in capitalist society—specifically through the lens of the collecting practices and philanthropy of Phoebe A. Hearst.

About the Series

The Samuel Nickerson Lecture Series explores the milieu in which Samuel Nickerson operated and the principals in art, architecture and design that governed the creation of his remarkable home. The program serves to situate the Nickerson House within the context of the social artistic developments of the period and against the wider background of America’s Gilded Age.


Image:
Early nineteenth-century photograph of Phoebe Hearst (1842-1919). Author unknown.

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