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Robert Burns at 250:
Poetry, Politics & Performance

Program

Symposium: February 24-25, 2009
Mumford Room, 6th Floor
James Madison Memorial Building
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Library of Congress, Washington, DC

To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s national poet, the Library of Congress, in collaboration with The Scottish Government, presented a free public symposium on the life and work of Robert Burns and his impact on America and American culture as part of Homecoming Scotland 2009.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

  View the Webcast for the February 24th events. Running time: 2:34:48. For individual speakers, see the time codes listed by the names below.
   
3:00-3:15 Welcome
Peggy Bulger, Director, American Folklife Center [biography]
Cate Newton, Director of Collections & Research, National Library of Scotland [biography] (Begins at 0:03:25)
Dr. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress [biography] (Begins at 0:07:20)
 
3:15-4:00 Keynote Address
The Right Honorable Alex Salmond, MP, MSP, First Minister of Scotland [biography] (Begins at 00:14:25)
   
4:00-4:45 Introduction - Michael Taft, Head, American Folklife Center's Archive (Begins at 1:08:10)
America's Bard
- Robert Crawford, Professor of Literature, University of St. Andrews [biography] (Begins at 1:09:15)
   
4:45-5:30  Poetry reading and concert (Begins at 1:52:18)
Billy Kay [biography], Margaret Bennett [biography], Ed Miller [biography], and Valentina Bold [biography].

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

  View the webcasts for the Morning session, welcome and Panel 1, on February 25th. Running time: 2:22:14. For individual speakers, see the time codes listed by the names below.
   
10:00-10:15 Welcome to Symposium - Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress (introduced at 00:1:23)
   
10:15-12:00 Panel 1:  Burns and His World
  • Robert Burns: The Usual Suspects – Nat Edwards, National Library of Scotland [biography] (introduced at 00:5:44)
  • 18th-Century Scotland & 18th-Century America – Ted Cowan, University of Glasgow [biography] (introduced at 00:47:10)
  • Robert Burns & the Scots Language – Billy Kay, Odyssey Productions [biography] (introduced at 1:22:50)
  • Moderated by David Taylor, Head, Research and Programs, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
   
12:00-1:30 Lunch
   
  View the webcast for the afternoon events, Panels 2, 3, and 4, on February 25th. Running time: 3:39:15. For individual speakers, see the time codes listed by the names below.
1:30-2:30 Panel 2: Burns and Traditional Culture
  • Robert Burns & Scottish Traditional Song – Valentina Bold, University of Glasgow [biography] (introduced at the beginning of the webcast)
  • The Spontaneous Language of My Heart: The Life and Songs of Robert Burns – Margaret Bennett, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama [biography] and and Ed Miller, folklorist and musician [biography]. (introduced at 3:33:00)
  • Moderated by Margaret Kruesi, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
   
2:45-3:45 Panel 3: Poetry, Celebrity, and the Public
  • Panel Discussion (begins at 1:24:30)
    Kay Ryan, Poet Laureate of the Unites States [biography]
    Robert Crawford, University of St. Andrews [biography]
    Myra Sklarew, Professor Emerita, American University [biography]
  • Moderated by Patricia Gray, Head, Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress [biography]
   
3:45-4:15 Coffee
   
4:15-5:30 Panel 4: The Contemporary Bard
  • Burns & the Library of Congress – Stephen Winick, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. [biography] (panel begins at 2:18:15)
  • Center for the Book at the Library of Congress - John Cole, Director, Center for the Book, Library of Congress [biography] (introduced at 2:40:28)
  • Tomorrow's Bards: Promoting Reading and Literacy in Scotland and the United States
    Cate Newton, Director of Collection Development, National Library of Scotland [biography]
    Marc Lambert, Chief Executive, Scottish Book Trust [biography] (both introduced at 2:52.40)
  • Moderated by John Cole, Director, Center for the Book, Library of Congress
   
5:30-5:45 Final Reading and Closing Remarks (3:31:40)
   
5:45-7:00 Reception - Mumford Room Foyer
   

 

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