Democracy and "Common Sense": A Conversation with Sophia Rosenfeld
Kluge Center Director Kevin Butterfield interviews Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North, Sophia Rosenfeld. This wide-ranging conversation will explore the idea of "common sense" in the political sphere, and what history can teach us about the ways knowledge is created, shared, and validated.
Butterfield, David - Rosenfeld, Sophia
Modernism and the Book: Literature, Fine Binding, and Books by Artists
Making the Modern Book will offer visitors an introduction to the Aramont Library and its formation over the past four decades. It will also address the way in which the Aramont Library's unique combination of art, literature, and non-fiction embodies the spirit of modernism, challenging historical conceptions about the content, design, and format of modern books during the nineteenth and twentieth century.
Evening Roundtable "Artists Approach the Book"
Watch artists, scholars, and specialists at the Library of Congress during a symposium celebrating the donation of the Aramont Library. A monument to modern Western creativity in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and literature, the Aramont Library's 1,700 books strike a perfect balance between book design, content, illustration, and binding. In private hands for over 40 years, the Aramont Library is comprised of literary first...
Murphy, Jamie - Moore, Emily - Shure, Ken - Holder, Robin
Aynne Kokas on "Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty"
Aynne Kokas discusses her new book "Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty." Kokas considers how data exploitation and privacy affect social media, gaming, and other technology services that play major roles in millions of lives. She argues that lax U..S policy toward governing the tech industry has allowed China to take a leading role in determining how data is...
Kokas, Aynne - Breiner, Andrew
The 2023 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Goes to Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell, the singer/songwriter whose poetic lyrics and jazz-influenced arrangements helped define a generation of musicians, is the 2023 honoree for the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Mitchell's hits include "Both Sides Now," "Help Me" and "Big Yellow Taxi" as well a rich songbook of elegantly crafted work. She'll be honored in a PBS concert special on March 31.
Karma Pakshi and Two Mongol Emperors: Genesis of the Reincarnate Lamas Tradition
A book discussion and signing for the recent release of Dr. Charles E. Manson's new work, The Second Karmapa Karma Pakshi: Tibetan Mahasiddha Dr. Manson is a librarian 'over the water', looking after the Tibetan Collections at both the Bodleian and at British Library, and Dunhuang material at British Library. His new book, "The Second Karmapa Karma Pakshi: Tibetan Mahasiddha" will be published in...
Meinheit, Susan - Manson, Charles
Printing Maps on Oversized Paper: The 18th Century Paper Mills in the Toscolano District
Hajji Ahmed, is a rare Turkish Heart-Shaped wall map of the World, printed in Venice in 1795 with Turkish text dated 1559-1560, printed in Arabic movable type. The Library of Congress has one of the few existing copies of this remarkable map in the Geography and Manuscripts Division. Recent research by Dr. Silvia Pugliese on the history and technique of papermaking in the Venice...
The Flute of Ice: A Mumming from the Vault
It's 1816 and President Madison sends a flute made of ice to the North Pole Library. Father Christmas, the North Pole Librarian, and Dr. Joculus have to deal with dueling monsters! Will the North Star get to play the flute before it melts? The American Folklife Center's annual holiday play incorporates traditional songs, music, and folk drama from Library of Congress collections for a...
Writing Gaia: The Scientific Correspondence of James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis
An interview with former Blumberg Chair Bruce (Bruno) Clarke and Clarke's coeditor, Sébastien Dutreuil on their forthcoming book. Clarke and Dutreuil provide historical background and explain the concepts and references introduced throughout the Lovelock-Margulis correspondence, while highlighting the major landmarks of their collaboration within the sequence of almost 300 letters written between 1970 and 2007.
Clarke, Bruce - Dutreuil, Sébastien - Turello, Dan
2022 National Film Registry Announcement
The 2022 Library of Congress National Film Registry announces its 25 inductions in this short video. It features clips from honorees such as "Iron Man," "When Harry Met Sally," "Carrie," "House Party," "Hairspray" and documentaries such as 'Attica" and "Union Maids." Interviews include Billy Crystal, Sissy Spacek, Ricki Lake, John Waters, Reginald Hudlin and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
Jason Reynolds: Closing Celebration for National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
Jason Reynolds will close his tenure as the 2020-2022 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by celebrating his "GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story" platform. In this video we celebrate Jason Reynolds, the seventh National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Reynolds has served a historic three years in this role and we will honor him and his work as Ambassador, which inspired so many...
"Join In" Exhibition Opening Reception
Library of Congress Kluge Center Director Dr. Kevin Butterfield interviewed Dr. Olivier Zunz about the life and work of Alexis de Tocqueville to celebrate the opening of the Library of Congress "Join In" Exhibition. Dr. Zunz is the author of the Tocqueville biography titled, "The Man Who Understood Democracy."
Bulut, Aslihan - Butterfield, Kevin - Zunz, Olivier
E. Erdrich, Heid - Dove, Rita - Werb, Shari - C. Bobbitt, Phillip
The Poetry of Everyday Life: Reflections of an Urban Folklorist
Folklorist Steve Zeitlin, the founding director of City Lore, one of America's leading research centers for the documentation of urban folklife and grassroots culture, eloquently reflects on his career, recounts some of his most meaningful projects, and discusses the relationship of folklore to everyday language and speech in contemporary America. Drawing on his experiences as both a folklorist and a poet, he discusses how...
Saylor, Nicky - Zeitlin, Steve
Brahms & Schubert: Taking the Lied at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to holograph music manuscripts. This year (2022) our celebration in honor of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge - founder of Concerts from the Library of Congress - featured a number of art songs composed by Schubert, Brahms and even Mrs. Coolidge herself, performed by Eric Owens and singers from the Curtis Opera Theatre. This...
McKinney, Janet - Plylar, David
Literacy Awards 10-Year Anniversary
The Library of Congress celebrates ten years of recognizing outstanding organizations that promote literacy and reading in the United States and abroad through the Literacy Awards Program. Since 2013 and through the generous support of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program has emphasized the urgent need to achieve universal literacy. This short video highlights the impact of the Literacy...
An Evening with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Maria Ressa
Renowned international journalist Maria Ressa, the recipient of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, will talk about her new book, "How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future," with the Library's chief communications officer, Roswell Encina.
Ressa, Maria - Encina, Roswell - Werb, Shari
Conversation with Banda Magda
Greek-born multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, educator and bandleader Magdalini Giannikou speaks with the Music Division about her concert presented in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress. In addition, she shares her experience writing songs in different languages and her inspiration for her latest work, Seasons.