Press Contact: John Sullivan (202) 707-9216, Lucy Suddreth (202) 707-9191
April 6, 1993
LC Calendar of Events: May 1 - August 31, 1993
MAY 3 - 28
The Library is one of the sponsors of the Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Titled "Harmony in Diversity," the events will be sponsored by the Library's Affirmative Action and Special Programs Office, the American Folklife Center, the Asian Division, AFSCME Local 2477 and 2910, CREA, and members of the LC Pan Asian Community. The keynote program and reception will take place at 10 a.m. on May 3 in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building. Principal speakers will be Dr. Joy Cherian, commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Dr. Ki-Taek Chun, deputy director, Eastern Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Other events scheduled are a film series May 6, May 11 and May 14, and an outdoor concert of Indonesian dance and music May 18. Also included is a lecture on "Burma and Neighboring South East Asian Countries" on May 25 and "An Evening of Asian Heritage and Culture" on May 28. For information on times and locations please call (202) 707-5479. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress Mona Van Duyn will give her final lecture as Laureate in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, at 6:30 p.m. The title of her lecture is "Help Urgently Wanted: 500 Honest, Talented Reviewers of Poetry Who Will Receive No Salary and Find No Place to Publish Their Reviews (a lecture from which the audience may learn more about the current state of American poetry than it ever wanted to know)". The event, which closes the Library's literary season, is open free of charge and no tickets are necessary. Call (202) 707-5394/5.
The Library is holding a symposium on "Thomas Jefferson and the Education of a Citizen in the American Republic." More than 25 scholars, historians, and writers are gathering to discuss Jefferson's views on the links among education, citizenship, and democratic government. The conference is sponsored by the Library's Rare Book and Special Collections Division, the Center for the Book, and the Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia, and is underwritten by the Library of Congress's Madison Council. The symposium will be in the Mumford Room (LM-649), sixth floor, Madison Building, beginning at 9 a.m. May 13 and ending at noon May 15. The public is invited to attend but seating is limited. Those wishing to attend or obtain more information should write to: The Jefferson Symposium, The Center for the Book, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540.
The Library's Music Division will present a concert by Awadagin Pratt and the Mendelssohn String Quartet, with Ida Levin and Nicholas Mann, violins, Katherine Murdock, viola, and Marcy Rosen, violoncello. Mr. Pratt is the first-prize winner of the 1992 Walter W. Naumburg Award and a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, and he will make his first Washington appearance in this concert. The concert program will consist of works by Wolfgang Mozart, J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt, and Antonin Dvorak. The concert, open to the public free of charge, will be held at the National Academy of Sciences auditorium, 21st and C Sts., N.W., near the G.W. - Foggy Bottom Metro stop, beginning at 8 p.m. Call (202) 707-5503.
The Library's American Folklife Center will host an outdoor concert featuring traditional Irish music, with Tom Doherty, Maureen Doherty-Macken, and Mick Moloney. The concert, open to the public free of charge, will take place on the Jefferson Building's west front Neptune Plaza, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The Library's Children's Literature Center will present its annual celebration of International Children's Book Day, honoring award-winning Austrian illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger. The program will be in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Miss Zwerger will also be available for autographing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room foyer, and a selection of her books will be available for purchase. For reservations and information call (202) 707-5535.
The Library's Music Division will sponsor a concert with the Charlie Mingus Big Band, at 8 p.m. in the National Academy of Sciences Auditorium. Mingus's widow, Sue, and jazz scholar Andrew Homzy have programmed works from the early years of Mingus's career, and have unearthed compositions that will be performed for the first time since the late 1940s. The program is free of charge and seating is handled on a first come, first-served basis. The auditorium is located at 21st and C Sts. N.W. For further information call (202) 707-5503.
The Library's Hispanic Cultural Society will present "Historia de la Civilizacion Andina: La Ciudad Sagrada de Tiwanaku," by Oswaldo Rivera, director general de la Fundacion Winaymarka para el Rescate de la Cultura Andina, Bolivia. The lecture, beginning at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, is open free to the public. The lecture will be presented in Spanish. Call (202) 707-6903.
The Library opens "Mental Pictures by Henrik Drescher,"an exhibition of prints, drawings, and books by contemporary illustrator Henrik Drescher. The exhibition will be on view in the Oval Gallery, sixth floor, Madison Building, through December 12. Included in the show will be editorial illustrations addressing social and political themes, selected pages from Drescher's working sketchbooks, and original drawings for his award-winning children's books, including "Simon's Book" (1983) and "No Plain Pets" (1991). Call (202) 707-9156.
The Library's American Folklife Center will present another in its summer concert series with "Northern Lights," a bluegrass music ensemble. The concert, open to the public free of charge, will be presented from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Neptune Plaza, west front, Jefferson Building. Call (202) 707-6590.
The Library's European Division will present a lunchtime lecture by the Honorable Willem van Eekelan, secretary- general, Western European Union. The lecture, open to the public free of charge, is entitled "The Future of European Security" and will be presented in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, from noon to 1 p.m. Call (202) 707-5414.
The Library's American Folklife Center will present another in its outdoor concert series, with gospel singers from the Washington area. The concert, open to the public free of charge, will take place on the Neptune Plaza, west front of the Jefferson Building, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Call (202) 707-6590.
"Language of the Land: Journeys into Literary America," will open in the Madison Foyer, first floor, Madison Building. The new exhibition examines a flourishing literary heritage through the nation's written history of prose and poetry, laced with a strong sense of place. The exhibition will be on display through January 17, 1994. Developed by the Library's Interpretive Programs Office, "Language of the Land" is sponsored by a grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund as part of the "Literary Heritage of the States," a three-year educational program coordinated by the Library's Center for the Book. Using the metaphor of a journey, the exhibition will tour the literary landscape of the U.S. through literary maps and words of American authors. Renowned writers such as Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Walt Whitman, and John Steinbeck are introduced by images and quotes strongly evoking their respective regions. The journey will also include the visual roving guides of the likes of William Faulkner, Sinclair Lewis, Zora Neale Hurston, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Robert Frost. Rare editions of these authors will also be on view. Call (202) 707-5223.
The Library's Folklife Center will present jitterbug for its August summertime concert. Frankie Manning, one of the original Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, will perform with Baltimore dancer Leslie Coombs and a six-piece band, headed by drummer Brooks Tegler. The concert is open to the public free of charge and will be presented on the Neptune Plaza, west front, Jefferson Building, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
SCROLLS FROM THE DEAD SEA: THE ANCIENT LIBRARY OF QUMRAN AND MODERN SCHOLARSHIP
The exhibition is open in the Madison Gallery, first floor, Madison Building. The scrolls are considered one of the major manuscript finds of the 20th century. The exhibition features 12 fragmentary scrolls and accompanying archaeological artifacts excavated at Qumran, all borrowed from the Israel Antiquities Authority. The Library has augmented the exhibition with items from its own special collections, including rare books, maps, prints, and photographs. The exhibition explores the story of the discovery of the scrolls, their historical and archaeological context, the various theories regarding the authorship of the scrolls, and the challenges facing modern researchers as they struggle to reconstruct the scrolls from the tens of thousands of fragments that remain. The exhibition is made possible by a grant from the Project Judaica Foundation of Washington, D.C., with additional assistance from Hilton International. The exhibition will be on view until August 1, at which time it will travel for future openings in New York and the West Coast. Tickets are required. Free tickets are available for same-day viewing. For information on same-day or advance ticketing, call (202) 245-5284. General public exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
LANDSAT: MONITORING EARTH'S ENVIRONMENT
The Library's Geography and Map Division offers this special display along the corridor by the division's main entrance, B- Level, Madison Building. The exhibition of 40 satellite images of the earth commemorates the 20th anniversary of NASA's launch of the first remote sensing satellite, later called Landsat 1, which provided not only a new viewing platform but also a tool with which to analyze and monitor data on the earth's resources and environment. The computer- generated images on display provide scientists, government, and business with unique data for terrain analysis, crop assessment, mineral exploration, disaster assessment and relief, habitat preservation, forestry management, and archaeological investigations. The exhibition will be on view through October 31. Call (202) 707-8530.
BY SECURING TO AUTHORS: COPYRIGHT, COMMERCE, AND CREATIVITY IN AMERICA
The exhibition features a wide range of items continually copyrighted in America. The items are on display to the public along the fourth floor corridors, Madison Building, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays only.
THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
This exhibition is on view in the Madison Foyer, sixth floor, Madison Building, through July 5. It offers an intimate overview of Jefferson's support of the Library from the time of its founding in 1800. Following the 1814 fire that destroyed the original Library, Jefferson sold his personal library of nearly 7,000 volumes to Congress. The exhibition includes a number of these original volumes and features a letter from Jefferson to Samuel Harrison Smith, in which he offers his library to Congress. The 40-item exhibition also includes several manuscripts, books, and other accounts of Jefferson's association with the Library and learning.
THE ARTICULATE TRAVELER JOHANN GEORG KOHL: CHRONICLER OF THE AMERICAN CONTINENTS
On view in the Madison Foyer, first floor, Madison Building, this exhibition is a collaborative project between the Library and the Bremen State and University Library, with the support of the German government. The exhibition focuses on Kohl's passionate interest in America, examining how his particular skills as an articulate traveler contributed to the world's understanding of America's discovery and its geography. The project includes an exhibition with approximately 120 items, including maps and atlases, photographs, drawings, personal letters, and his most important books, as well as a catalog. Kohl's extensive traveling led him to study new places and to amass a collection of many of the finest maps and charts of the New World. The exhibition will run through June 27. For more information call (202) 707-8530.
Madison Foyer and the Current Events Gallery exhibit areas are open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other exhibit areas are open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The Madison Gallery Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Call (202) 245-5284. For additional information on visiting the Library and for exhibition hours information, please call (202) 707-8000.
SERVICES FOR RESEARCHERS AND VISITORS:
The west front entrances of the Jefferson Building, including the Great Hall and exhibition areas, are closed during renovation. Researchers and persons on official business should use the east entrances on Second Street, S.E. Visitors and first-time researchers are directed to the Madison Building at 101 Independence Avenue, S.E. where assistance is available at the Information Desk in the lobby.
The Library of Congress, which primarily serves the U.S. Congress, also welcomes the use of its facilities by researchers over high school age. Access to some collections is restricted. Researchers are encouraged to conduct preliminary research at an appropriate public, academic, or special library before using the Library of Congress.
The Visitors' Orientation Theater is located in Room LM-139 (first floor) in the Madison Building. A 22-minute general orientation film on the Library is shown every half hour Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free, one-hour guided tours leave from the orientation theater after the film shown at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. The 10 a.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Thursday public tours will offer the services of a sign-language interpreter. All public tours include an introduction to the newly renovated Main Reading Room from the Visitors' Gallery.
Call the Visitor Services Office at (202) 707-5458 to inquire about scheduling tours for groups of 10 of more.
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