What's Happening at the American Folklife Center
Throughout the year, the Center sponsors workshops, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and conferences (on its own and in cooperation
with other Library of Congress offices and outside agencies) in
order to educate the American people about the importance of their
own cultural traditions and the traditions of others. All events are free and do not require tickets unless otherwise
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Performances - 2015 Homegrown Concert Series
To be held in the Whittall Pavilion or the Coolidge Auditorium (see listing). Both venues are in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Floor
June 30: June 30: Marinera Viva!!! Peruvian Dance. Noon, Coolidge Auditorium.
July 13: Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest with Jeff Davis and Brian Peters. A multimedia presentation celebrating the English collectors Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles in the Southern Appalachians over three summers in 1916, 1917 and 1918.
July 29: Creole United: African American Creole Music from Louisiana.
Past Homegrown Concerts (2005-2014) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts
September 9: The Legacy of Ola Belle Reed, Featuring David Reed, Hugh Campbell, and Other Friends and Family
September 15: Corridos: Tragic Ballad Songwriting Workshop / Corridos: Taller de composición de baladas trágicas mexicanas with Juan Díes.
September 16: Sones de México Ensemble: Mexican American Music & Dance from Chicago
Septembre 24: Treasures from the Archive Roadshow, featuring the Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen and Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton
July 14: Open Mic: Interview with Fiona Ritchie, Thistle & Shamrock Host on Celtic music and her recent book, Wayfaring Stranger. Interviewed by Nancy Groce. Mumford Room, 6th floor, James Madison Building, 12:00 noon—1:00.
August 20: "The Poetry of Everyday Life," presented by Steve Zeitlin, Director, City Lore, New York City. Lecture 4:00-5:00, followed by a film screening and discussion with Steve Zeitlin and Paul Wagner of Paul Wagner Films from 5:00-6:30. The films are: Boom: The Erie Canal and The Grand Generation. Mumford Room, 6th floor, James Madison Building.
Past Botkin Lectures (2004 - 2014) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts
This series of public educational programs features scholars, activists, and artists who will address a range of topics on the theme of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for freedom, social justice and equality for African Americans. See the full 2015 Schedule with descriptions and links to speaker bios.
July 7: Gary May: Selma, the Voting Rights Act, and Reel History
& Bridging History: Selma & the Voting Rights of 1965
August 5: Robin Hamilton: This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer
August 6: Emilye Crosby: Teaching the Civil Rights Movement from the Bottom-Up Fifty Years After the Voting Rights Act
Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line
American Folklife Center
September 10, 2015. 1:00-5:00
Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress
This symposium will feature scholars of music and folklore discussing the impact of Ola Belle Reed’s legacy on traditional music today and talking about the new publication Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line, which features recordings by Henry Glassie and Clifford Murphy. (Check back for more information.)
The symposium is free and open to the public.
Past Symposia Updates
Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration September 26-27, 2013: Webcasts are now available on the schedule page (or via the Library's webcast site).
Past Symposia (2000 - 2013) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts
The Songs of America presentation allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. From popular and traditional songs, to poetic art songs and sacred music, the relationship of song to historical events from the nation's founding to the present is highlighted through more than 80,000 online items. Contributing divisions include Music, Recorded Sound, and the American Folklife Center. View the press release
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