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The Library of Congress offers these events to the public at its Washington, D.C. location free of charge, except where otherwise noted. Schedules are subject to change. Check back to this site for the latest information.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tour — Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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All Public Events for May 2015

Books and Beyond

Andrew Jackson

May 12, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Mark R. Cheathem discusses and signs his book "Andrew Jackson, Southerner."
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

Rosa Parks Remembered

May 20, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Sheila McCauley Keys, with Eddie B. Allen, Jr., discusses and signs her book "Our Auntie Rosa: The Family of Rosa Parks Remembers Her Life and Lessons."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

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Concert

Homegrown Concert

May 21, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Bing Xia, director of the Washington Guzheng Society, presents traditional Chinese guzheng music. No tickets required.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1743

Light & Matter

May 22, 2015, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Jennifer Koh, violin, Anssi Karttunen, cello, and Benjamin Hochman, piano, perform "Light and Matter," a new piano trio by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, commissioned in part by the Library of Congress, plus works by Debussy and Ravel.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

AFC Homegrown Concert

May 28, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Ara Dinkjian and Zulal perform traditional Armenia music and song. No tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1743

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul

May 29, 2015, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
A native of Trinidad, trumpeter Etienne Charles is a musician who defies limitations and seeks out ethnic connections in his music. His Creole Soul project, explores the musical connections between Afro-Caribbean, Creole, New Orleans and American traditions.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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Exhibition

Armenian Collection Highlights

May 8, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - Noon
"Display of Treasures From the Library of Congress Armenian Collections" highlights items from the Librarys Armenian-language collections and materials from Rare Book and Special Collections, Geography and Maps, Manuscript and Prints and Photographs.
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5680

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Film

"The Charge of the Light Brigade"

May 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Charge of the Light Brigade" (Warner Bros., 1936).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of American Cinema"

May 2, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of American Cinema" (Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc., 2014).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Jewish American History Month

May 5, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Filmmaker Joe Balass presents and discusses his film "Baghdad Twist."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

"Bob Hope on Television"

May 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Bob Hope on Television" (1953-1979).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Hope: Entertainer of the Century"

May 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Hope: Entertainer of the Century" with author Richard Zoglin.
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"My Favorite Blonde"

May 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"My Favorite Blonde" (Paramount, 1942).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Jewish History Month

May 12, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
""Hava Nagila (The Movie)."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

"Heart to Heart"

May 14, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Heart to Heart" (First National, 1928).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Battling Butler"

May 15, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Battling Butler" (MGM, 1926).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Absent-Minded Professor"

May 16, 2015, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
"The Absent-Minded Professor" (Disney/Buena Vista, 1961).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Far From Heaven"

May 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Far From Heaven" (Focus Features, 2002).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Love, Betty: A Betty White Retrospective"

May 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Love, Betty: A Betty White Retrospective" (1957-2015).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Parallax View"

May 29, 2015, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Parallax View" (Paramount, 1974, *R-rated). * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Ali: Fear Eats the Soul"

May 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" (New Yorker Films, 1974).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

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Holiday

Memorial Day

May 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Jefferson Buildings Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public. All other reading rooms and other Library buildings will be closed in observance of the federal Memorial Day holiday.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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Lecture

Asian American Literature

May 4, 2015, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Asian American Literary Review Fellows Cathy Linh Che, Eugenia Leigh, R.A. Villanueva and Ocean Vuong read from their work.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Alan Lomax in Italy

May 5, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Goffredo Plastino of Newcastle University discusses "Alan Lomax in Italy, 1954-1955."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1743

Tim Z. Hernandez

May 6, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Author and performance artist Tim Z. Hernandez reads and discusses his poetry and fiction.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Vardanants Day

May 7, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Susan B. Harper, nonresident Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, presents a talk titled "Reflections on Failures and Successes of American Humanitarianism: a Case Study from the Armenian Crucible of 1915-1923" in the Northeast Pavilion.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5680

U.S. Military Intervention in WWI

May 7, 2015, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Kissinger Chair Bradford Lee presents "Navigating the Blood-Dimmed Tides: Was U.S. Military Intervention in the First World War Worth the Cost?"
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0213

Musical Lobbyists

May 9, 2015, 11 a.m. - Noon
The Music Division's Nick Brown takes you into the world of the glitterati through telegrams, birthday cards and secret personal notes. You'll get to see personal correspondence between the likes of Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra and the Kennedys. Part of the series "#DECLASSIFIED: Encounters with Artifacts and Ideas." Jefferson Studio, LJ-G32. Tickets required.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8437

The Mediterranean Diet

May 13, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Amy Riolo, award-winning author and culinary consultant, presents "The Mediterranean Diet: Delicious Food Prescriptions for Curing Illness."
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-4751

Sino-Japanese War materials

May 13, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Yuwu Song of the Library of Congress Asian Division speaks on the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) materials in the Library's collections.
Location: Asian Reading Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3683

Poet Mary Ruefle

May 13, 2015, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Poet and essayist Mary Ruefle discusses her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Posts Book World.
Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20003
Contact: (202) 707-5394

U.S. Chemical Warfare Service

May 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thomas I. Faith, historian at the U.S. Department of State, talks about his new book "Behind the Gas Mask: The U.S. Chemical Warfare Service in War and Peace."
Location: West Dining Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-4751

Social Media Data as Historical Source

May 14, 2015, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Katrin Weller, one of two inaugural Kluge Fellows in Digital Studies, discusses "The Digital Traces of User-generated Content: How Social Media Data May Become the Historical Sources of the Future."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0213

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May 15, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Ruth Wasem, Kluge Center staff fellow, presents "Asian Immigration to the United States: The Impact of the 1965 Immigration Act."
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1225

Fly Space: Inside the Minds of Theatrical Directors & Designers

May 16, 2015, 11 a.m. - Noon
The Library of Congress is home to some of the richest theatrical collections in the world. Solomon HaileSelassie leads an adventure through the scripts, director's notes, costume designs and set designs of the likes of Bob Fosse, Oliver Smith, Peggy Clark, Florence Klotz and Tony Walton. Part of the series "#DECLASSIFIED: Encounters with Artifacts and Ideas." Jefferson Studio, LJ-G32. Tickets required.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Building - Visitors' Assembly Area, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5347

Jewish History of Homestead, Pennsylvania

May 18, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Historian and storyteller Tammy Hepps presents "In Search of a Usable Past: Reconstructing the Jewish History of Homestead, Pennsylvania."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3780

Community Gardens

May 19, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
LaManda Joy, founder of Chicagos Peterson Garden Project and a board member of the American Community Gardening Association, presents "How Community Gardens Can Save America."
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-4751

Hip-Hop During the Cold War

May 19, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Leonard Schmieding of the BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University, presents "Breakin Around the Bloc: Hip-Hop in East Germany During the Cold War."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Nigerian author Okey Ndibe

May 21, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Nigerian author Okey Ndibe reads selections from his work.
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Reflections on Issues of Race and Class in 21st Century

May 21, 2015, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sociologist and Kluge Scholar-in-Residence William Julius Wilson presents a talk titled "Reflections on Issues of Race and Class in 21st Century America: Revisiting Arguments Advanced in The Declining Significance of Race (1978)."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0213

Global Ozone Crisis

May 28, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Paul Newman, chief scientist for atmospheric sciences in the Earth Sciences Division at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center, presents "A World Avoided: How Science and Policy Solved the Global Ozone Crisis."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1192

Urban Architecture

May 28, 2015, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Architect and author Diane Lewis discusses her book "Open City: An Existential Approach."
Location: European Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4371

Kluge Blumberg Dialogue

May 28, 2015, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Part two of the Kluge Centers Blumberg Dialogues in Astrobiology convenes scientists, social scientists, humanities scholars and writers from across the country and around the world to investigate the intersection of astrobiology research with humanistic and societal concerns.
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0213

Contemporary World Art

May 29, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Giuseppe Liverani, founder and owner of the Italian publishing house, Charta, presents books on contemporary world art. The lecture will be held in the Rosenwald Room, LJ 205.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4371

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Panel Discussion

CFB National Ambassadors Program

May 6, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Current Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo is joined by past ambassadors Jon Scieszka and Katherine Paterson in discussing the role and how it affected their lives and in honoring the late Walter Dean Myers.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

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Performance

Two Thousand Flutes

May 2, 2015, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
An introduction to the Librarys remarkable 2,000-instrument Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection in this special afternoon performance and talk. The flutist for the occasion is Pittsburgh Symphony principal Lorna McGhee. The pianist is S&R Foundation artist-in-residence Ryo Yanagitani. Tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May 29, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Silk Road Dance Company and a guest performer Praneetha Akula present dances of Central Asia.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1036

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Symposium

Cartographic History of Polar Exploration

May 14, 2015, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Robert Clancy, author of "Mapping Antarctica: A Five Hundred Year Record of Discovery" (2014), and Michael Robinson, author of "The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture" (2006) are the keynote speakers for the first day of the "Finding the Antipodes: The Cartographic History of Polar Exploration from 1500 to the Present" conference, which looks at the cartography of the Arctic and Antarctic.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-7223

Cartographic History of Polar Exploration

May 15, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The two-day conference "Finding the Antipodes: The Cartographic History of Polar Exploration from 1500 to the Present" continues with panels and a speaker roundtable followed by an open house in the Geography and Map Division.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-7223

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Gallery Talk

Maya Natural History

May 6, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Curator John Hessler of the Geography and Maps Division presents "Reading Maya Natural History: Indigenous Books and Ancient Reading."
Location: Northwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0185

Segregated Military During WWII

May 13, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Megan Harris of the Veterans History Project presents "Fighting on Two Fronts: Veterans Experiences Within the Segregated Military During WWII."
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0185

Civil Rights in the News

May 27, 2015, Noon - 1 p.m.
Georgia Higley of the Serial and Government Publications Division presents "Reporting Civil Rights: Newspapers Tell the Story."
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0185

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Tour

Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

Monday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (no 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. tour on Saturdays)
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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