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December 17, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public Events at the Library of Congress, January – April 2013

(Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code)

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Tuesday
Jan. 1
NEW YEAR’S DAY
All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be closed to the public in observance of the federal New Year’s Day holiday. Contact: 707.8000.

Wednesday
Jan. 9
GALLERY TALK
Sara Duke of the Prints and Photographs Division introduces various Civil War sketch artists at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Tuesday
Jan. 15
GALLERY TALK
Fine art aerial photographer Alex MacLean discusses his photograph "Congress, Arizona, 2005" at noon in the "Down to Earth" exhibition, located in the Graphic Arts Galleries of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Tuesday
Jan. 15
LECTURE
James Wintle of the Music Division presents a talk titled "‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’: A Forgotten American Opera by Harrison Millard" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
Jan. 16
GALLERY TALK
Barbara Bair of the Manuscript Division talks about the 37th Congress and the legislation that passed, including the Morrill Act, at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Monday
Jan. 21
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY/INAUGURATION DAY
All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be closed to the public in observance of Inauguration Day and the federal Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Contact: 707.8000.

Wednesday
Jan. 23
GALLERY TALK
Christopher Murphy of the African and Middle Eastern Division introduces the subjects of arms and military strategy during the Civil War at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Thursday
Jan. 24
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Lindsay Tuggle presents "The Afterlives of Specimens: Science and Mourning in Whitman's America" at noon in LJ 119. Contact: 707.3302.

Thursday
Jan. 24
POETRY READING
Gerald Stern, winner of the 12th Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, reads selections from his "Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992" at 7 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707.5394.

Tuesday
Jan. 29
LECTURE
Caitlin Miller of the Music Division discusses Sister Gregory and "The Sound of Music" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
Jan. 30
POETRY READING
U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey reads from her Pulitzer Prize-winning book of poetry, "Native Guard," at noon in LJ 119. Contact: 707.5394.

Wednesday
Jan. 30
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE SERIES
Diana Baird N'Diaye of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage presents "The Will to Adorn: African-American Identity and the Aesthetics of Dress" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5510.

*** End January 2013 ***

FEBRUARY 2013

Tuesday
Feb. 5
BOOKS & BEYOND
Paul Farber discusses his new book "This is the Day: The March on Washington" at noon in the West Dining Room. Contact: 707.5221.

Tuesday
Feb. 5
LECTURE
Andrew Talle of the Peabody Conservatory discusses "Pop Music in J. S. Bach’s Germany" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion.

Wednesday
Feb. 6
GALLERY TALK
Conservation Division conservators discuss their treatments of selected objects in the Library’s "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building, at noon. Contact: 707.9203.

Thursday
Feb. 7
BOOKS & BEYOND
Daniel Stashower discusses and signs his forthcoming book "The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War" at noon in Dining Room A. Contact: 707.5221.

Thursday
Feb. 7
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Visiting Fellow Stefanie Schaefer presents "Jonathan Going South: The Yankee and the Making of American National Character" at noon in LJ 119. Contact: 707.3302.

Saturday
Feb. 9
PANEL DISCUSSION
Music scholars and Library curators discuss music in the Lincoln White House at 1 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
Feb. 9
CONCERT
"The President’s Own" United States Marine Band, under the direction of Col. Michael J. Colburn, pay homage to Francis M. Scala, the first musician designated leader of the Marine Band during President Lincoln’s tenure, at 1 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are available Dec. 19. Contact: 707.8437.

Wednesday
Feb. 13
GALLERY TALK
Mike Buscher of the Geography and Map Division presents Jedediah Hotchkiss’s Map of the Shenandoah Valley at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Thursday
Feb. 14
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Joel Frykholm presents "The Lost Tycoon: Rediscovering George Kleine, Reframing Early American Cinema" at noon in LJ 119. Contact: 707.3302.

Monday
Feb. 18
PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY
The Jefferson Building’s Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Library will host a special Main Reading Room open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All other reading rooms and other Library buildings will be closed in observance of the Presidents Day federal holiday. Contact: 707.8000.

Tuesday
Feb. 19
LECTURE
Robin Rausch of the Music Division presents "Music of the Civil War: Battle Hymns and Bugle Calls that Shaped an Era" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
Feb. 20
LECTURE
Expedition Leader Jo Davies presents "By Endurance We Conquer: Ernest Shackleton and Lessons of Leadership for the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Centenary Expedition 2014" at 11:30 a.m. in the West Dining Room. Contact: 707.7450.

Wednesday
Feb. 20
GALLERY TALK
Connie Carter of the Science, Technology, and Business Division looks at a Confederate receipt (recipe) book and how individuals survived on the home front with limited supplies at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Wednesday
Feb. 20
BOOKS & BEYOND
Tom Piazza discusses and signs his new book "The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music" at noon in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
Feb. 20
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE SERIES
Margaret Yocom of George Mason University discusses "The Cinderella No One Knows: A Grimm Brothers' Tale" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5510.

Friday
Feb. 22
POETRY READING
Poets Alicia Ostriker and Claudia Emerson celebrate the birthday of American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay by reading selections from her work and discussing her influence on their own writing at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5394.

Saturday
Feb. 23
CONCERT
Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music offer gospel with a contemporary spin along with a screening of "Say Amen, Somebody" at 1 p.m. at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 923 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. Tickets are available Jan. 9. Contact: 549.4172.

Thursday
Feb. 28
GALLERY TALK
Pam Craig of the Law Library examines the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Thursday
Feb. 28
CONCERT
Vocalist Theo Bleckmann and guitarist Ben Monder present a program covering jazz, cabaret, classical, experimental and improvised music at 10 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, N.E. Tickets on sale Feb. 1. Contact: 399.7993.

*** End February 2013 ***

MARCH 2013

Saturday
March 2
PRECONCERT LECTURE
Lawrence Kramer, Distinguished Professor of English and Music at Fordham University, presents "The Virtuoso Schubert" at 1 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
March 2
CONCERT
Pianist Paul Lewis presents a program of Schubert at 2 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are on sale Jan. 23. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
March 6
GALLERY TALK
Carol Johnson of the Prints and Photographs Division explores Civil War photography at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Thursday
March 7
JAY I. KISLAK LECTURE
Charles C. Mann discusses and signs his new book "1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created" at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707.5221.

Tuesday
March 12
BOOKS & BEYOND
Margaret (Peggy) Wagner discusses "The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War" at noon in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 707.5221.

Tuesday
March 12
LECTURE
Bonny Miller of the Music Division discusses "Augusta Browne: A 19th-Century Life in American Music" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
March 13
GALLERY TALK
Georgia Higley of the Serial and Government Publications Division examines the Vicksburg Daily Citizen and the role of newspapers during the war at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Friday
March 15
CONCERT
The U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own," under the direction of Col. Thomas Palmatier, presents selections from The Great American Songbook at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. Contact: 707.8437.

Monday
March 18
BOOK TALK
Ann Kirschner speaks on her new book "Lady at the OK Corral" at noon in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room. Contact: 707.3779.

Tuesday
March 19
LECTURE
Todd Decker of Washington University in St. Louis presents "Making ‘Show Boat’: Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II and the Power of Performers" at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
March 20
LECTURE
Michael Chorost speaks about his experience with the Cochlear Implant in "How To Put Your Brain on the Internet" at 11:30 a.m. in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707.7450.

Wednesday
March 20
GALLERY TALK
Janice Ruth of the Manuscript Division details Clara Barton’s work during the Civil War at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Wednesday
March 20
BOOKS & BEYOND
Stephen Hess discusses his new book "Whatever Happened to the Washington Reporters, 1978-2012" at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707.5221.

Wednesday
March 20
CONCERT
Singer-songwriter Bob DiPiero leads an evening of music from members of the Country Music Association at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are on sale Feb. 6. Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
March 23
JAPANESE CULTURE DAY
Japanese Culture Day introduces children and adults to Japanese culture through origami, theater presentation, a kimono trial, and other activities from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Young Readers Center. Contact: 707.9203.

Tuesday
March 26
POETRY READING
Poets Dana Gioia and Eric Pankey celebrate the birthday of American poet Robert Frost by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5394.

Wednesday
March 27
GALLERY TALK
Curator Michelle Krowl of the Manuscript Division discusses Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Wednesday
March 27
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE SERIES
Stephen Wade speaks on his book "The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5510.

Thursday
March 28
LECTURE
United States Ambassador to Malaysia John Malott lectures on the history of the 1912 cherry blossom tree gift from the City of Tokyo to Washington, D.C. at noon in the Asian Division Reading Room. Contact: 707.2990.

Saturday
March 30
WORKSHOP
James Weldon Norris, coordinator of the music history program and studies at Howard University, conducts a workshop featuring the Baltimore City College High School Choir on African-American spirituals of the Civil War at 10:30 a.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
March 30
PANEL DISCUSSION
James Weldon Norris of Howard Univeristy, Steven Cornelius of Boston University and Samuel Perryman of the Library’s Music Division discuss "The Legacy of Civil War Spirituals" at 1 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
March 30
CONCERT
The Baltimore City College High School Choir and the Howard University Chorale present a program of African American spirituals of the Civil War era at 2 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are available Feb. 20. Contact: 707.8437.

*** End March 2013 ***

APRIL 2013

Tuesday
April 2
LECTURE
Kate Rivers of the Music Division speaks on the Koussevitzky legacy at the Library of Congress at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
April 3
GALLERY TALK
Barbara Bair of the Manuscript Division explores Walt Whitman and his many roles in the Civil War at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Wednesday
April 3
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE SERIES
Jane Anderson of the Centre for Heritage and Society at the University of Massachusetts presents "Anxieties of Authorship and Ownership: Intellectual Property and the Future of Indigenous Collections" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5510.

Thursday
April 4
BOOKS & BEYOND
Gil Troy discusses his book "Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight Against Zionism as Racism" at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707.5221.

Friday
April 5
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane with pianist Timothy Andres discuss their music at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittal Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Friday
April 5
CONCERT
Singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane with pianist Timothy Andres performs piano music and songs of their own and others, including Hanns Eisler and Charles Ives, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are on sale Feb. 27. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
April 10
GALLERY TALK
William Elsbury of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division surveys Civil War regimental histories in the Library’s collections at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Thursday
April 11
READING
Authors Fred Arroyo and Maria Melendez read selections from their works at 6:30 p.m. in the Montpelier Room Contact: 707.5394.

Saturday
April 13
CONCERT
Harpsichordist Christophe Rousset presents works by Couperin and Rameau at 2 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are on sale Feb. 27. Contact: 707.5502.

Tuesday
April 16
LECTURE
NASA scientist Pamela Conrad presents "Measuring Habitability on Mars with the Curiosity Rover" at 11:30 a.m. in Dining Room A. Contact: 707.7450.

Tuesday
April 16
GALLERY TALK
Sibyl Moses of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division explores D.C. Emancipation on the 151st anniversary at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Tuesday
April 16
LECTURE
Karen Moses of the Music division presents a talk on the Schoenberg, Nielsen and the Copenhagen wind quintet at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
April 17
GALLERY TALK
Bruce Kirby of the Manuscript Division discusses Civil War veterans and the "Left-handed Penmanship" contests at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Wednesday
April 17
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
The Music Division’s Susan Clermont talks about and displays a collection of the Library’s rare, first-edition Renaissance part books and anthologies at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
April 17
CONCERT
Stile Antico performs masterpieces from the golden age of choral music, including works by Praetorius, Gombert, Palestrina, Gibbons, de Ceballos and Tallis, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are on sale March 6. Contact: 707.5502.

Thursday
April 18
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Top American instrument makers, luthiers and scholars talk about the impressive results of a recent project to copy the Library’s "Betts" Antonio Stradivari violin at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Thursday
April 18
CONCERT
The Pavel Haas Quartet presents selections from Schnittke, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are on sale March 6. Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
April 20
PRECONCERT PRESENTATION
Washington-born, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker talks about his seven-decade career and introduces the world premiere of his newest composition, "Bleu," for solo violin, performed by his son Gregory, at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Saturday
April 20
CONCERT
The Left Bank Society, with soprano Patricia Green, offers a Brahms masterwork – his G major string quintet – alongside compositions from George Walker and Dina Koston at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are on sale March 6. Contact: 707.5502.

Wednesday
April 24
POETRY READING
Poet Maurice Manning and author Alan Cheuse celebrate the birthday of American poet Robert Penn Warren by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5394.

Wednesday
April 24
GALLERY TALK
Clark Evans, formerly of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, discusses dime novels and Redpath Publishers at noon in "The Civil War in America" exhibition, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707.9203.

Tuesday
April 30
LECTURE
Larry Appelbaum of the Musisc Division presents "What’s Going On: Issues & Controversies in Jazz" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707.5502.

Tuesday
April 30
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
John Witte, Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History, discusses "Why Two in One Flesh: The Western Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy" at 4 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707.5502.

*** End April 2013 ***

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The Library of Congress occupies three buildings on Capitol Hill. The Thomas Jefferson Building is the original Library of Congress building; it is located at 10 First St. S.E., across from the U.S. Capitol. The John Adams Building is directly behind the Jefferson Building to the east on Second St. S.E. The James Madison Memorial Building, at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., is just south of the Jefferson Building.

Room locations:

JEFFERSON BUILDING: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor; Whittall Pavilion, ground floor; Bob Hope Gallery of Entertainment, ground floor; LJ 119, first floor; Great Hall, first floor; Southwest Gallery and Southwest Pavilion, second floor; South Gallery, second floor; Northwest Gallery, second floor.

MADISON BUILDING: Madison Hall, first floor; LM 139, first floor; Pickford Theater, third floor; Mumford Room, sixth floor; Montpelier Room, sixth floor; West Dining Room, sixth floor; Dining Room A, sixth floor.

When attending events at the Library, allow extra time to pass through Library security.

CONCERTS: The Library’s concert series is presented free of charge to the public but requires tickets for admission. Tickets are distributed by TicketMaster at 397.7328, 410.547.7328 and 703.573.7328. Each ticket carries a nominal service charge, with additional charges for phone orders and handling. Tickets are also available at TicketMaster outlets and online at www.TicketMaster.com. Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to come to the Library by 6 p.m. on concert nights to wait in the standby line for no-show tickets. Tickets for events at the Atlas Performing Arts Center will be available through the Atlas Box Office, 399.7993. Tickets for the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital are available through the Hill Center Box Office, 549.4172. For further information on concerts, call the Concert Information Line at 707.5502 or visit www.loc.gov/concerts/.

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12/17/12
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