• Literature to Life: Zora!

    Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most important and celebrated figures to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. Outspoken, spirited and gifted, Ms. Hurston was the most prolific African-American woman writer of the 1930's. Adapted from the theatrical biography of her life by Laurence Holder, this performance brings to life her story.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2004-01-29
  • The Gospel Sensibility: Evangelicals, Modernity & Sacred Song in American Experience

    Kluge Fellow Douglas Harrison examines the history, performance culture and role of southern gospel music within evangelical Christian experiences.

    • Contributor: Harrison, Douglas
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-08-14
  • Legislating International Religious Freedom

    The John W. Kluge Center and the American Academy of Religion presented panel discussions on America's religious origins and on international religious freedom at the Library of Congress. The first panel, "Writing the Story of America's Religious Origins," was cosponsored by the National History Center. Participants included Susan Jacoby, Mark Noll, Steve R. Prothero and Jonathan D. Sarna. Catherine L. Albanese presided. The second ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2006-11-20
  • Facing the Music: Traditional Culture and Copyright

    To what extent should copyright law protect the use and exploitation of traditional culture belonging to indigenous communities? Today's copyright law sadly overlooks and, arguably, discriminates against the interests of the authors of indigenous or traditional musical works - including folk music. As a single example, copyright law asserts that a work must, in effect, be written down for it to be copyrightable; this ...

    • Contributor: Bachner, Bryan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2006-05-31
  • Amuma Says No: Traditional and Contemporary Basque Music from Idaho

    Amuma Says No plays Basque music in a concert at the Library of Congress

    • Contributor: Amuma Says No
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-07-14
  • Nelson DeMille

    Author Nelson DeMille talks about her work at the 2003 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

    • Contributor: Demille, Nelson
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2003-10-04
  • Law Day 2007: Perspectives on Childhood and the Law

    The Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association Division for Public Education commemorated Law Day with a panel discussion on "Perspectives on Childhood and the Law." Law Librarian of Congress Rubens Medina and ABA President Karen J. Mathis made opening remarks. John Milewski moderated the panel discussion, which explored several legal questions including ways in which legal definitions of childhood and cultural ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-05-01
  • Eleanor Clift: 2008 National Book Festival

    Eleanor Clift appears at the National Book Festival.

    • Contributor: Clift, Eleanor
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-09-27
  • The Warren and Margot Coville Collection of Photographs from the Clarence H. White School of Photography

    Warren Coville describes his experience collecting works by photographers associated with this influential, but historically under-appreciated school. Joining him is Kathy Erwin, Curator of the Coville Collection.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2001-10-11
  • How Different Jurisdictions Treat Foreign Law: Panel

    Three speakers discussed "How Different Jurisdictions Treat Foreign Law In Their Jurisprudence" at the Law Library of Congress.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-03-23
  • Gordon S. Wood: 2008 National Book Festival

    Gordon S. Wood speaks at the 2008 National Book Festival.

    • Contributor: Wood, Gordon S.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-09-27
  • Poetry Across the Atlantic

    U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall and British Poet Laureate Andrew Motion participated in a historic series of joint poetry readings in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and London, sharing the stage for the first time and reacquainting the poetries of America and the United Kingdom. The readings were sponsored jointly by the Library of Congress, the Poetry Foundation and the London-based Poetry Society. The poets laureate ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-05-10
  • Rock Hall of Fame Guitarist Chris Hillman

    Rock pioneer Chris Hillman talks about the craft of the songwriter and about his prolific career.

    • Contributor: Hillman, Chris
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-10-16
  • Hoda Kotb: 2011 National Book Festival

    Hoda Kotb appears at the 2011 National Book Festival.

    • Contributor: Kotb, Hoda
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-09-24
  • International Summit of the Book 3: Day Two, Afternoon

    The Library of Congress hosted the first International Summit of the Book and began what library leaders envision as an annual global meeting of minds to discuss and promote the book as a crucial format for conveying societies' scholarship and culture. The afternoon of Day Two included remarks and presentations by Marie Arana, Nan Talese, Geoffrey Kloske, Karen Lotz, Niko Pfund, Michael Suarez, Karen ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-12-07
  • The Mind of an Artist

    Michael Kubovy and Judith Shatin, both from the University of Virginia, discuss "The Mind of the Artist." Debate has long raged about whether and how music expresses meaning beyond its sounding notes. Kubovy and Shatin discuss evidence that music does indeed have a semantic element, and offer examples of how composers embody extra-musical elements in their compositions.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-03-27
  • Peter Reynolds: 2012 National Book Festival

    Peter Reynolds appears on the Family Storytelling Stage at the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

    • Contributor: Reynolds, Peter H.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-09-23
  • Giannina Braschi: 2012 National Book Festival

    Giannina Braschi appears at the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

    • Contributor: Braschi, Giannina
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-09-23
  • Frances Perkins, the Woman Behind FDR

    Although she is no longer a household name, Frances Perkins was one of the most influential people of the 20th century. Kirstin Downey discussed her new book, "The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience."Franklin Delano Roosevelt named Frances Perkins secretary of labor in 1933. As the first female Cabinet secretary, she spearheaded ...

    • Contributor: Downey, Kirstin
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-03-23
  • Interview with Billy Collins

    Billy Collins was the Library's Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2001-2002. His books of poetry include Sailing Alone Around the Room (Random House, 2001); Picnic, Lightning (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998); The Art of Drowning (1995), which was a Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist; Questions About Angels (1991), a National Poetry Series selection by Edward Hirsch; The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988); Video ...

    • Contributor: Collins, Billy
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2001-12-07
  • Afghan Women's Stories: the Problematics of Cover

    Afghan women in burkas have become iconic representations of women's oppression in western media, but this representation is contested in various ways by Afghan women and men. The most common observation by Afghan women activists is that we westerners should get over it, that the burka, hot, uncomfortable and inconvenient as it is, is certainly not their most pressing problem. It has even proved ...

    • Contributor: Mills, Margaret
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-09-19
  • Neal Stephenson: 2011 National Book Festival

    Neal Stephenson appears at the 2011 National Book Festival.

    • Contributor: Stephenson, Neal
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-09-25
  • Albert Goldbarth: 2013 National Book Festival

    Albert Goldbarth appears at the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

    • Contributor: Goldbarth, Albert
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-09-21
  • From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America

    New York Times best-selling author Steven V. Roberts follows the stories of 13 families in his poignant, eye-opening look at immigration in "From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America" (HarperCollins, 2009). What it means to be an immigrant in this nation of immigrants is the central issue that Roberts tackles as he tells the stories ...

    • Contributor: Roberts, Steven
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-11-16
  • Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism

    Christopher B. Daly discusses the development of journalism in America from the early 1700s to the digital revolution of today. Daly placed the current journalism crisis within a broader historical context, showing how it is only the latest in a series of transitions that have required journalists to devise new ways of plying their trade.

    • Contributor: Daly, Christopher
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-09-19