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  • Vietnam Veterans Collections Initiative Kick-off

    Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET/PBS), Senator Chuck Hagel and his brother, Professor Tom Hagel, donate hours of original interview and related materials to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. This event kicked-off the Veterans History Project's Vietnam Veterans Collections Initiative.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-12-07
  • The Rise of Printed Visuality: Printers and Page Design, 1467-1482

    In an effort to differentiate their books from those produced by scribes and illuminators, several printers devised a bold, ink-rich mechanical style that circumvented the aesthetic standards of the manuscript page. The design choices of Ulrich Han in Rome, Gunther and Johann Zainer in Augsburg and Ulm, Johannes in Verona, Johann Muller (Regiomontanus) in Nuremberg, and Erhard Ratdolt in Venice proved particularly influential in ...

    • Contributor: Baldasso, Renzo
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-07-29
  • Arabetics: Arabic Language & Script History, Typography & Computing

    Saad Abulhab gave a lecture called "Arabetics: Arabic Language and Script History, Typography, and Computing."

    • Contributor: Abulhab, Saad
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-05-28
  • Romila Thapar: Perceptions of the Past in Early India

    One of the world's foremost experts on the history of early India, Romila Thapar, winner of the 2008 Kluge Prize, discussed the rich and ancient civilization in a lecture titled "Perceptions of the Past in Early India." In her talk, Thapar critiqued the notion that the civilization in India lacked a sense of history, and discussed the recognition of historical traditions in the early ...

    • Contributor: Thapar, Romila
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-05-12
  • Harlem's Rattlers & the Great War

    Jeffrey T. Sammons and John H. Morrow discussed their book "Harlem Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African-American Quest for Equality".

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-11-03
  • America Is in the Heart for the 21st Century, Part 1

    The Asian Division of the Library of Congress held a daylong symposium on author Carlos Bulosan, titled "America Is in the Heart for the 21st Century." Bulosan depicted the early Filipino migrant experience in the United States and is best known for his book "America Is in the Heart." The Library, in conjunction with the Asian Division Friends Society (ADFS), coordinated the program as ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2006-04-28
  • Ralph Ellison Literary Birthday Celebration

    Writers Danielle Evans and Jabari Asim celebrate the birthday of American author Ralph Ellison by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-03-01
  • Interview with Disney Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner

    Parade magazine Editor Walter Anderson interviewed Disney Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner. Eisner was asked to consider what we should have in mind as we enter the next century; what are the moral, academic and technological challenges we must face; and how should face them.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1999-10-05
  • My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran

    Haleh Esfandiar, author and director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars speaks on her recently published memoir "My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran."

    • Contributor: Esfandiari, Haleh
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-11-17
  • Douglas Wilson - Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words

    Considered a simpleton by Civil War-era literati, Abraham Lincoln shocked the intellectual establishment with his considerable prowess with a pen. From the Gettysburg Address to the Emancipation Proclamation, the president used his words to hold the nation together and exert his political power. Leading Lincoln scholar Douglas L. Wilson discussed his new book, "Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words" in a ...

    • Contributor: Wilson, Douglas
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-02-21
  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

    Daniel Stashower discussed and signed his book, "The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War," a riveting historical narrative which delves into the "Baltimore Plot" conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.

    • Contributor: Stashower, Daniel
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-02-07
  • Peniel Joseph: 2014 National Book Festival

    Peniel E. Joseph appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

    • Contributor: Joseph, Peniel E.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-08-30
  • The Road to Home: My Life and Times

    Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, discussed his new autobiography

    • Contributor: Gregorian, Vartan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2003-05-19
  • The Life and Bookstore of Jan Mapou

    Poet, storyteller and dramatist Jan Mapou came to the Library of Congress to record an oral history of his life and times. In this program a master storyteller recounts his life and, in so doing, provides insight into the rich oral traditions that are an important part of Haitian culture. Stories told in Haiti are often recounted under the mapou tree, the tree that ...

    • Contributor: Mapou, Jan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-06-20
  • In the Name of National Security: Unchecked Presidential Power and the Reynolds Case

    Louis Fisher, special assistant to the Law Librarian and a specialist in constitutional law, discussed his new book, "In the Name of National Security: Unchecked Presidential Power and the Reynolds Case." Fisher was introduced by Steven Aftergood, the senior research analyst at the Federation of American Scientists and editor of the e-mail newsletter "Secrecy News." Both Fisher and Aftergood participated in a question-and-answer session ...

    • Contributor: Fisher, Louis
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2006-09-11
  • Soul of a People

    The origins and legacy of the Federal Writers' Project are the focus of an excerpted film screening and panel discussion.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-04-28
  • This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

    Writer and journalist Charles Cobb discusses his new book, "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible."

    • Contributor: Cobb, Charles
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-05-20
  • What Went Wrong... and Why

    Bernard Lewis of Princeton University and Mohammed Arkoun of the Sorbonne University discuss relations between the Middle East and the Western nations.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2002-05-07
  • Civil Rights Act Exhibition Opening Program

    The opening ceremony of the Library exhibition, "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom," which explores the events that shaped the civil rights movement, as well as the far-reaching impact the act had on a changing society. The act is considered the most significant piece of civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-09-09
  • DNA & the Origins of Peoples: The Armenians

    Hovann Simonian and Peter Hrechdakian delivered the 18th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian lecture on their work using social media to expand the nonprofit Armenian DNA Project, a Facebook group of more than 1,000 members around the world involved in researching Armenian family history through genetic testing.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-04-22
  • Walter Isaacson: 2008 National Book Festival

    Veteran journalist Walter Isaacson appears at the National Book Festival.

    • Contributor: Isaacson, Walter
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-09-27
  • Constitution-Making in the Western Hemisphere (Spanish)

    Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela hosted the third of three panels on "Creating Freedom in the Americas, 1776-1825." Participants are historians from the U.S., Latin America, and Spain. Presentations by the panelists are discussed by commentators and by the audience. (Spanish language version)

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-11-19
  • David Kennedy: Book Fest 07

    David Kennedy in a presentation at the 2007 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

    • Contributor: Kennedy, David
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-09-29
  • Music in the Lincoln White House

    Music scholars and Library curators discuss music in the Lincoln White House. Presented in cooperation with the White House Historical Association.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-02-09
  • Visualizing the Nation's Capital (Day 1-Morning)

    This conference showcases the unparalleled cartographic collections at the Library of Congress and engage a wide array of experts in exploring how Washington has evolved over 200 years. Speakers include James H. Billington, George Tobolowsky, Ralph Ehrenberg, Richard Stephenson, Ronald Grim, Edward Redmond, Patrick O'Neill, William Stanley, Chas Langelan, Don Alexander Hawkins, Charlene Drew Jarvis, Timothy Davis, Iris Miller, Gail Lowe, Douglas Richardson and ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-05-18