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Thursday, February 26, 2009

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

Lecture — Jonathan Lyons Book Talk

Noon - 1 p.m.
Jonathan Lyons discusses his book "The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1221

Lecture — Anthony Benezet

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Maurice Jackson discusses his book "Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2692

Event — Witter Bynner Winners

6:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Poet Laureate Kay Ryan introduces Christina Davis and Mary Szybist, the 2009 Witter Bynner fellows, who will read from their works.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Film — "The Iron Horse"

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Lincoln Bicentennial Series: "The Iron Horse" (Fox, 1924).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5677

Concert — Curtis Tour

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Chamber players from the Curtis Institute perform Igor Stravinsky's "L'histoire du soldat" ("A Soldier's Tale"). No tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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All Public Events for February 2009

Books and Beyond

Civil War

February 9, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Linda B. Osborne, a writer/editor in the Library's Publishing Office, discusses her book "Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction."
Location: West Dining Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5221

Lincoln's Assassination

February 20, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Anthony Pitch discusses and signs his book "'They Have Killed Papa Dead!': the Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder and the Rage of Vengeance."
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5221

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Concert

Cypress String Quartet

February 6, 2009, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Cypress String Quartet presents the world premiere of a Library commission by Kevin Puts, written in "response" to Mendelssohn's first string quartet and Beethoven's last.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Gyorgy Kurtag

February 7, 2009, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Pianists Gyorgy and Marta Kurtag present a new work commissioned by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation that pays tribute to Bela Bartok. Tickets are required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Mira Trio

February 10, 2009, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Mira Trio performs the rarely heard piano trio by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, along with her brother's second piano trio, op. 66. Tickets are required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Atrium Quartet

February 13, 2009, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Atrium Quartet performs works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Borodin. Tickets are required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Trio con Brio Copenhagen

February 18, 2009, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Trio con Brio Copenhagen with violist James Dunham performs Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio along with Mendelssohn's Piano Quartet in B minor, op. 3. Tickets are required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Curtis Tour

February 26, 2009, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Chamber players from the Curtis Institute perform Igor Stravinsky's "L'histoire du soldat" ("A Soldier's Tale"). No tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

February 27, 2009, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh performs Psalm 55, Sechs Spruche, op. 79, in addition to works by Haydn and Handel. Tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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Ethiopian-Israeli Experience

February 3, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Filmmaker Shmuel Beru discusses his film "Zrubavel," and singer Meskie Shiberu-Sivan blends modern Israeli music with traditional Ethiopian influences.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

Poetry at Noon

February 10, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
"Love" is the theme, and today's readings feature poets Edwin Zimmerman, Kristin Berkey-Abbott and Judith Offer.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Poetry Reading

February 23, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
A poetry reading by E. Ethelbert Miller culminates the Library's celebration of African American History Month.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-2839

Roman Surveying

February 25, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
John Hessler presents "In the Footsteps of Caesar: Searching for the Physical and Epigraphical Remains of Roman Centuriation and Surveying in Tunisia."
Location: LM B01 Geography and Map Reading Room, Basement floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-7223

Witter Bynner Winners

February 26, 2009, 6:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Poet Laureate Kay Ryan introduces Christina Davis and Mary Szybist, the 2009 Witter Bynner fellows, who will read from their works.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

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Exhibition

Lincoln Exhibition Opens

February 12, 2009, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
"With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition" charts Lincoln's growth from prairie lawyer to preeminent statesman and runs through May 9, 2009.
Location: Great Hall South Gallery, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4604

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Film

"Ground Hog Day"

February 3, 2009, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
"Groundhog Day" (Columbia, 1993).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Emperor Jones"

February 6, 2009, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Celebrating Black History Month: "The Emperor Jones" (United Artists, 1933).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Saddles and Sagebrush"

February 7, 2009, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Oater & Epics: Westerns on the Big (and Little) Screen -- Double Feature: "Saddles and Sagebrush" (Columbia, 1943)and "Cyclone on Horseback" (RKO, 1941).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Mr. Blandings' Dreamhouse

February 10, 2009, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
"Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (RKO, 1948).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Abe Lincoln in Illinois"

February 12, 2009, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial -- Special Thursday Screening: "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" (RKO, 1948).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Do the Right Thing"

February 13, 2009, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Celebrating Black History Month: "Do the Right Thing" (Universal, 1989).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"When Harry Met Sally"

February 14, 2009, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Valentine's Day: "When Harry Met Sally" (Columbia, 1989).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"A Cottage on Dartmoor"

February 15, 2009, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Weekend Silents - A Special Silent Film Presentation with Live Musical Accompaniment: "A Cottage on Dartmoor" (British International Pictures, 1929).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Neo African Americans"

February 17, 2009, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kobina Aidoo and Yoku Shaw-Taylor introduce and discuss their film "The Neo African Americans."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1980

"Young Mr. Lincoln"

February 17, 2009, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial: "Young Mr. Lincoln" (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1939).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Abraham Lincoln"

February 19, 2009, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Lincoln Bicentennial: "Abraham Lincoln" (Feature Productions/United Artists, 1930) and "The Son of Democracy: The Call to Arms" (Charter Features Corp./Paramount, 1918).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5677

"Stormy Weather"

February 20, 2009, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Celebrating Black History Month - Double Feature: "Stormy Weather" (20th Century-Fox, 1943) and "Lookout Sister" (Astor Pictures, 1948).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Beauty and the Beast"

February 21, 2009, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The Wonderful World of Disney: "Beauty and the Beast."
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Littlest Rebel"

February 22, 2009, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial: "The Littlest Rebel" (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1935) and "The Tall Target" (MGM, 1951).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Ragtime"

February 24, 2009, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Book of the Month Club: "Ragtime."
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Iron Horse"

February 26, 2009, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Lincoln Bicentennial Series: "The Iron Horse" (Fox, 1924).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5677

"In the Heat of the Night"

February 27, 2009, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Celebrating Black History Month: "In the Heat of the Night."
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

February 28, 2009, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Culturally, Historically or Aesthetically Significant -- Films from the National Film Registry: "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

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Lecture

Latin America Today

February 3, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Jeffrey Klaiber presents "Religion and Politics in Latin America Today: Paraguay (a bishop-president), Peru (a cardinal) and Ecuador (a president)."
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-2013

Rep. Jim Clyburn

February 4, 2009, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) delivers the keynote address kicking off the Library's celebration of African American History Month.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-2839

Living in Burma

February 4, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Carolyn Wakeman and San San Tin discuss their book "No Time for Dreams: Living in Burma Under Military Rule."
Location: Asian Reading Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-6096

French Revolution

February 6, 2009, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Joe Zizek presents a lecture on "Making History: Contemporaries Write the French Revolution, 1789-1799."
Location: LJ Room A-113, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2692

Kevin Puts

February 6, 2009, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Kevin Puts discusses his new work being performed by the Cypress String Quartet in a pre-concert lecture. No tickets required.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Mendelssohn Collections

February 10, 2009, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Susan Clermont of the Music Division talks about the Mendelssohn collections in the Library of Congress in a lecture preceding the Mira Trio concert. No tickets are required.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Preservation Science

February 11, 2009, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Holly Krueger, senior paper conservator at the Library, discusses "Conservation of the Gandhara Scroll: A Successful Collaboration."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5213

Spatial Cost Allocation Model

February 11, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Nick Jackson, cartographer in the Geography and Map Division, presents "Using a Spatial Cost Allocation Model to Site Medical Distribution Centers."
Location: LM B01 Geography and Map Reading Room, Basement floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-8543

Jewish Heritage in Iraq

February 11, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Ariel Sabar discusses his book "My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq" in a program sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division.
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

Iraq Monarchy

February 17, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Juan Romero, adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, discusses "The Iraq Monarchy: A British Experiment in Nation-Building."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1221

Charles Darwin

February 18, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Noted Darwin authority, Sandra Herbert, will speak on her prize-winning work "Charles Darwin, Geologist." A book-signing will follow the talk.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1212

Lawrence J. Hanks

February 18, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Author and motivational speaker Lawrence J. Hanks presents a lecture as part of the Library's celebration of African American History Month.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-2839

Pre-concert Talk

February 18, 2009, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
R. Larry Todd, Mendelssohn scholar from Duke University, discusses the life and work of the German composer prior to the Trio con Copenhagen concert. No tickets are required.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

R. Larry Todd

February 19, 2009, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
R. Larry Todd, author of "Mendelssohn: A Life in Music" (2003), presents a talk titled "Reflections on the Mendelssohn Bicentenary." No tickets are required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

War in Gaza

February 23, 2009, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Yoram Peri, head of the Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society at Tel Aviv University, presents "After the War in Gaza: Prospects for Peace."
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

Iraqi Revolution

February 24, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Juan Romero, adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, discusses "The Iraqi Revolution: Why is it Relevant to Modern Iraq?"
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1221

Arab Medieval Philosophers

February 25, 2009, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Maroun Aouad, a distinguished visiting scholar in the John W. Kluge Center, discusses "Arab Medieval Philosophers' Doctrines on War."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2692

Jonathan Lyons Book Talk

February 26, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Jonathan Lyons discusses his book "The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1221

Anthony Benezet

February 26, 2009, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Maurice Jackson discusses his book "Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2692

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Open House

Main Reading Room

February 16, 2009, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Main Reading Room, Great Hall, Library of Congress Experience and exhibitions will be open for Presidents' Day. All other reading rooms and facilities will be closed.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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Panel Discussion

Moses Carl Holman

February 10, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
The children of M. Carl Holman, civil rights leader and former president of the National Urban Coalition, share the remembrances of their father's quest for Black citizenship.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-2839

Guantanamo Bay

February 18, 2009, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Law Library of Congress sponsors a panel discussion titled "Looking Beyond Gitmo: U.S. and Foreign Approaches Toward Legal Treatment of Terrorist Suspects."
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9866

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Symposium

Depression and Creativity

February 3, 2009, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Noted scholars gather to discuss the effects of depression on creativity.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8432

Robert Burns

February 24, 2009, 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
A two-day symposium, "Robert Burns at 250: Poetry, Politics and Performance," features lectures, poetry readings and musical performances in honor of Scotland's national poet.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5510

Robert Burns

February 25, 2009, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
A two-day symposium, "Robert Burns at 250: Poetry, Politics and Performance," features lectures, poetry readings and musical performances in honor of Scotland's national poet.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5510

Kuna Indians

February 27, 2009, Noon - 2 p.m.
The Library's Hispanic Division, along with the Embassy of Sweden and the University of Maryland, convenes a symposium, "The Kuna and Anthropology: A Century of Engagement."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-2013

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Gallery Talk

Map of the Colonies

February 4, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
John Hebert of the Geography and Maps Division speaks on "John Mitchell's Map of the Colonies" in the "Creating the United States" exhibition.
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

La Florida

February 11, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Barbara Tenenbaum, curator of the "Exploring the Early Americas" exhibition, discusses "La Florida."
Location: Northwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Lincoln's Family

February 18, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
Barbara Bair of the Manuscript Division presents a talk on "Lincoln's Family: His Wife Mary and Their Sons" in the "With Malice Toward None" exhibition.
Location: Great Hall South Gallery, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Lincoln's Inaugural Addresses

February 25, 2009, Noon - 1 p.m.
John Sellers, curator of the "With Malice Toward None" exhibition, discusses "Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Addresses."
Location: Great Hall South Gallery, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

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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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