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Robert Burns at 250:
Poetry, Politics & Performance

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

Webcasts of the Presentations

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Billy Kay
Billy Kay gives a dramatic presentation of Robert Burns's poem "Tam O'Shanter," on the first day of the symposium. Photo by Megan Halsband, February 24, 2009.
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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)

Keynote Address: The Right Honorable Alex Salmond, MP, MSP, First Minister of Scotland [biography] (Begins at 00:14:25)

America's Bard: Robert Crawford, Professor of Literature, University of St. Andrews [biography] (Begins at 1:09:15)

Poetry reading and concert (Begins at 1:52:18):
Billy Kay [biography], Margaret Bennett [biography], Ed Miller [biography], and Valentina Bold [biography].

View the Webcast for the February 24th events.
Running time: 2:34:48.

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Ted Cowan
Ted Cowan, participating in the panel discussion on "Burns and His World." Photo by Megan Halsband, February 25, 2009.
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Welcome - Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress
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

View the webcast for Panel 1.
Running time: 2:22:14.

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Ed Miller and Margaret Bennett
Ed Miller and Margaret Bennett , perform the poetry and songs of Robert Burns. Megan Halsband, February 25, 2009.
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Panel 2: Burns and Traditional Culture (begins this webcast)

  • Robert Burns & Scottish Traditional Song – Valentina Bold, University of Glasgow [biography]
  • The Spontaneous Language of My Heart: The Life and Songs of Robert Burns – Margaret Bennett, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama [biography] and Ed Miller, folklorist and musician. [biography] (introduced at 3:33:00)
  • Moderated by Margaret Kruesi, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

View the webcast for Panels 2, 3, and 4.
Running time: 3:39:15.

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Kay Ryan
Kay Ryan, Poet Laureate of the United States. Photo by Megan Halsband, February 25, 2009.
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Panel 3: Poetry, Celebrity, and the Public (panel begins at 1:24:30)

  • Panel Discussion
    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]

View the webcast for Panels 2, 3, and 4.
Running time: 3:39:15.

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Marc Lambert
Marc Lambert, Chief Executive, Scottish Book Trust, presents "Tomorrow's Bards: Promoting Reading and Literacy in Scotland and the United States," (with Cate Newton). Photo by Megan Halsband, February 25, 2009.
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Panel 4: The Contemporary Bard (panel begins at 2:18:15)

  • 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 (introduction at 2:52.40)
    Cate Newton, Director of Collection Development, National Library of Scotland [biography] and
    Marc Lambert, Chief Executive, Scottish Book Trust [biography]
  • Moderated by John Cole, Director, Center for the Book, Library of Congress

Final Reading and Closing Remarks (begins at 3:31:40)

View the webcast for Panels 2, 3, and 4.
Running time: 3:39:15.

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