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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lecture — Africa in Germany

Midnight - 1 p.m.
Visiting Fulbright Scholar Magueye Kasse presents "Africans, African-Americans and Germany: The Pluralistic and Multifaceted Presence of Africa in Germany."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1980

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

Concert — Homegrown Concert Series

Noon - 1 p.m.
Mariano Gonzalez y sus Invitados Especiales (Mariano Gonzalez and his Special Guests) present Paraguayan folk harp music from Nevada.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1743

Exhibition — "To Know Wisdom and Instruction" Closes

8:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
"To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress" features the Near East Section's collection of manuscripts, fabrics and printed books.
Location: Great Hall South Gallery, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4604

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All Public Events for September 2012

Books and Beyond

Opera Houses & Concert Halls

September 12, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Victoria Newhouse discusses and signs her new book "Site and Sound: The Architecture and Acoustics of New Opera Houses and Concert Halls."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

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Concert

Homegrown Concert Series

September 13, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Los Tres Reyes presents Mexican trio romantico from Texas.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1743

Homegrown Concert Series

September 26, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Mariano Gonzalez y sus Invitados Especiales (Mariano Gonzalez and his Special Guests) present Paraguayan folk harp music from Nevada.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1743

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Event

International Literacy Day

September 7, 2012, 10 a.m. - Noon
The Center for the Book hosts a program in recognition of International Literacy Day that includes a discussion on preparing teachers for Common Core excellence in the classroom and an awards ceremony honoring the Rockford Rotary Club of Michigan and the Salem Oregon Rotary Club for their outstanding literacy programs.
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

Poet Laureate Reading

September 13, 2012 - September 14, 2012; 7 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Natasha Trethewey gives her inaugural reading as the 19th Poet Laureate Consultant.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

National Book Festival

September 22, 2012, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival features renowned authors Philip Roth, Mario Vargas Llosa, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Eugenides, and poet Nikky Finney.
Location: Capitol Mall, Capitol Mall Building
Contact: (202) 707-1940

National Book Festival

September 23, 2012, Noon - 5:30 p.m.
The author lineup for the 2012 National Book Festival includes Philip Roth, Mario Vargas Llosa, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Jeffrey Eugenides Junot Diaz, Nikky Finney and Patricia Cornwell.
Location: Capitol Mall, Capitol Mall Building
Contact: (202) 707-1940

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Exhibition

"Sakura" Closes

September 15, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
"Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship" includes watercolor drawings of blossom varieties among the original trees, Japanese color-woodblock prints and books, and an array of photographs as well as editorial cartoons, posters and ephemera.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4604

"Down to Earth" Opens

September 22, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
"Down to Earth: Herblock and Photographers Observe the Environment" features 15 Herblock cartoons and 17 photographs highlighting the four-time Pulitzer Prize winners long-standing support for protecting the environment.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4604

"To Know Wisdom and Instruction" Closes

September 26, 2012, 8:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
"To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress" features the Near East Section's collection of manuscripts, fabrics and printed books.
Location: Great Hall South Gallery, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4604

"Books That Shaped" Closes

September 29, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
"The Books That Shaped America" features a selection of important books in our nation's history, including many rare editions from the Library's Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4604

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Film

"Miloa Forman"

September 4, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
"Docs in Salute Series: "Miloa Forman: What Doesnt Kill You."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

John Cage Centennial

September 6, 2012, Noon - 4:30 p.m.
Henning Lohner's riotous film is a three-and-a-half-hour documentary of the "Musicircus" homage to John Cage, presented at New York's Symphony Space shortly after his death in 1992. Preceding and following this film, screened for the first time in the United States is Elliot Caplan's haunting "Beach Birds for Camera," an adaptation of a dance work originally created for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

"Fahrenheit 451"

September 6, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Fahrenheit 451" (Universal, 1966).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Paris, Texas"

September 7, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Paris, Texas" (20th Century-Fox, 1984).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Grease Sing-Along"

September 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Grease Sing-Along" (Paramount, 1978).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Glory"

September 13, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Glory" (Tri-Star, 1989).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

The !!!! Beat with Larry Appelbaum

September 14, 2012, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Jazz Film Series: Volume Two includes performances by Jimmy Church, Freddie King, Gatemouth Brown, Gerri Taylor, Frank Howard & the Commanders, Barbara Lynn, The Kelly Brothers, Mighty Joe Young, Art Grayson, The Beat Boys, Joe Tex, Freddie King, The Carnations, Little Gary Ferguson, Johnny Jones and Charles "Charlie" Hodges.
Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20003
Contact: (202) 707-8427

"Cruel and Unusual Comedy"

September 14, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Cruel and Unusual Comedy" (Various studios, 1913-1929).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Wedding March"

September 15, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Wedding March" (Paramount, 1928).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"In the Shadow of Memory"

September 19, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Docs in Salute Series: "In the Shadow of Memory."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

"Midnight"

September 20, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Midnight" (Paramount, 1939).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

The !!!! Beat with Larry Appelbaum

September 21, 2012, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Jazz Film Series: Volume Four includes performances by Freddie King, Martin, Maurice & The Radiants, The Beat Boys, The Poppies, Lee Watson & The Panthers, Johnnie Jones, Freddie King, Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five, Gatemouth Brown, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Gwen Davis, Robert Parker, Jimmy Church, Lattimore Brown, Joe Simon, Mamie Galore and Jamo Thomas.
Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20003
Contact: (202) 707-8437

"Thief"

September 21, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Thief" (United Artists, 1981).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Holiday"

September 27, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Holiday" (Columbia, 1938).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

The !!!! Beat with Larry Appelbaum

September 28, 2012, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Jazz Film Series: Volume Six includes performances by Johnny Larand, Frank Howard & The Commanders, Tammy McKnight, Johnny Jones, Eva Larse, Bobby Hebb, Rodge Martin, The Beat Boys, Earl Gaines & Jimmy Church, The Four M's, Joe Simon, Freddie King, Mabon "Teenie" Hodges & Fred Ford, Willie Mitchell, Big Amos Patton, Veniece Starks, Little Milton, Don Bryant, The Ovations, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, The Bar-Kays, Mitty Collier, Garnett Mimms, Sam & Dave, and Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles.
Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20003
Contact: (202) 707-8437

"Last Year at Marienbad"

September 28, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Last Year at Marienbad" (Astor, 1961).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Saturday Morning Cartoons"

September 29, 2012, 10 a.m. - Noon
"Saturday Morning Cartoons" (Various studios, 1933-1956).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

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Forum

"Grand Prix"

September 22, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Grand Prix" (MGM, 1966).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

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Holiday

Labor Day

September 3, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Jefferson Building's Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public. All reading rooms and other Library buildings will be closed in observance of the Labor Day federal holiday.
Location: All buildings
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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Lecture

Greenland & Antarctica

September 12, 2012, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NASA scientist Lora Koenig discusses "My Winter in Greenland and Summer in Antarctica."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1215

Benazir Bhutto

September 12, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, and Walter Andersen of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies present "Benazir Bhutto: Struggle for Democracy in Pakistan."
Location: West Dining Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-2666

American Editorial Cartoons

September 13, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Editorial cartoonists from the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New Orleans Times-Picayune and Pocho.com present "Ink and Pixel: A Cartoon View of Campaign 2012."
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-3630

Chinese Americans in Seattle

September 13, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Oral historian Dori Jones Yang discusses her book "Voices of the Second Wave: Chinese Americans in Seattle."
Location: LM 139, First floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-0979

Small Press Expo

September 14, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Dean Haspiel presents "Indpendent Comix Art and Mini-Comix: Dean Haspiel and the Small Press Expo."
Location: West Dining Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-2963

LCPA What If

September 18, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Stephen Winick of the American Folklife Center presents "From Oedipus to Epsilon: Riddles in Mythic Fantasy."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-6809

Food Gardening

September 18, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Mary Farrar of the University of the District of Columbia's Cooperative Extension Service presents "Let's Get Growing," an introduction to food gardening.
Location: LM 139, First floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-0979

Palestinian Costumes

September 18, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Hanan K. Munayyer, president of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation, presents "The Origins of Traditional Palestinian Costumes and Embroidery."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4708

American Journalism

September 19, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Christopher B. Daly, author of "Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism," discusses the development of journalism in America from the early 1700s to the digital revolution of today.
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-3012

Sidney Robertson Cowell

September 20, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Deirde Ni Chonghaile, Alan Lomax Fellow in American Folklife, discusses "The Yank with the Box: Sidney Robertson Cowell Collects Music in 1950s Ireland."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Coptic Orthodox Church

September 21, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, speaks on "Who are the Copts?"
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-7311

Constitution Day

September 24, 2012, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Dahlia Lithwick of Slate Magazine presents "Supreme Court Review: Election Year Issues and Highlights of the Last Term."
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-4642

Africa in Germany

September 26, 2012, Midnight - 1 p.m.
Visiting Fulbright Scholar Magueye Kasse presents "Africans, African-Americans and Germany: The Pluralistic and Multifaceted Presence of Africa in Germany."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1980

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 27, 2012, 11 a.m. - Noon
Jodie G. Roure of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, delivers a lecture titled "Educational Attainment, the Hispanic Challenge and Opportunities in the United States."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-6404

Justinian's Codex

September 27, 2012, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Kluge Staff Fellow John Hessler presents "Chasing Kruger's Dream: Reconstructing the Medieval Transmission of Justinian's Codex Using Binary Galois Lattices."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

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Symposium

Yiddish Radio

September 6, 2012, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
"The Stations That Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish-American Cultural Renaissance" features leading Yiddish language and culture experts, media scholars and Library of Congress specialists addressing Yiddish radio in America, its history and cultural impact, its continuing influence on American media, and its multifaceted legacy.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1743

Yiddish Radio

September 7, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
"The Stations That Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish-American Cultural Renaissance" features leading Yiddish language and culture experts, media scholars and Library of Congress specialists addressing Yiddish radio in America, its history and cultural impact, its continuing influence on American media, and its multifaceted legacy.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1743

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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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