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 29: A film on Peruvian marinara dance, often called "the national dance of Peru": Marinera, testimonio de diversidad y tradición, directed and produced by Alfredo DiNatale who will introduce the film and answer questions. Noon, Pickford Theatre, Third Floor, James Madison Building.
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 15: Sones de México Ensemble: Mexican American Music & Dance from Chicago
September16: Corridos: Tragic Ballad Songwriting Workshop / Corridos: Taller de composición de baladas trágicas mexicanas with Juan Díes.
June 10: "Listen to Our Story": Alan Lomax, Folk Producer / Folk Promoter, presented by Nathan Salsburg, Association for Cultural Equity.
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. A listing of events June-September 2015 is now available
June 25: "Memorialization and Justice as an Ancestral Imperative: Two American Cases," presented by Ken Bilby.
American Folklife Center
June 4, 2015. 1:30-5:00
Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress
Documenting and archiving traditional culture today involves working with technologies, methodologies, ethical challenges, and creative possibilities that were undreamed of when Alan Lomax and other early collectors went into the field. Those earlier generations used recording equipment theoretical approaches that were state-of-the-art at the time, but a lot has changed. This symposium presents a sampler of innovative contemporary approaches to fieldwork. Some of them are directly related to more traditional methods of ethnographic documentation, archiving, and presentation, while others are a little further afield. Speakers will consider how evolving approaches to ethics, social justice, ownership rights, and privacy are affecting the acquisition, stewardship, and sharing of materials at repositories like the Library of Congress. They will also explore how such approaches are creating other, newer opportunities for archiving and sharing cultural resources.
The symposium is free and open to the public. See the symposium website for more information.
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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