Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    A Conversation with Peter Balakian The Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture series was created soon after Mrs. Dadian's bequest (1991) to the Library for the health and maintenance of the Armenian collections and is one of the longest running lecture series in the Library. For the 2022 iteration of the series, the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division proposes a poetry reading and discussion on erasure,...
    • Contributor: Balakian, Peter - Mouradian, Khachador - Kitchiner, Lanisa
    • Date: 2022-05-16
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    Damon Galgut, Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize Watch a conversation with South African novelist and playwright Damon Galgut in celebration of Africa Month. Galgut won the 2021 Booker Prize for his ninth novel "The Promise," a fictional account of a white South African family living on a farm outside Pretoria during the waning days of apartheid. Using humor to broach difficult subjects, the novel was praised by the Booker Prize judges...
    • Contributor: Galgut, Damon - Kitchiner, Lanisa
    • Date: 2022-05-12
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    Pillars of Democracy: The Media The Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute come together to discuss journalism and other forms of mass communication that have become politicized and distrusted by the American people.
    • Contributor: Slayton, April - Kalb, Marvin - Stirewalt, Chris - Hall, Jane - Yacobucci, Brent
    • Date: 2022-05-11
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    Joy Jumps from the Page This event is part of the 12th annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program, a feature supported by the Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Fund of the Library of Congress. The fund was established to honor the late son of Marcia and Barnet Eskin.
    • Contributor: Roszak, Lauren - Morrison, Frank - Curry, Parker - Dowdy, Sasha - Curry, Jessica - Funk, Josh
    • Date: 2022-05-06
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    A Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Join us for an interview with award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for the Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series. Through this series we have introduced the Library???s rich resources on African studies to a broad but targeted audience, as well as a treasure trove of archives of interviews with leading thinkers and writers in this subject field.
    • Contributor: Ngozi Adichie, Chimamanda - Kitchiner, Lanisa
    • Date: 2022-05-05
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    Homegrown: Herb Ohta, Jr., Hawaiian Ukulele Master International recording artist Herb Ohta, Jr., is one of today's most prolific ukulele masters. Influenced by Jazz, R&B, Latin and Brazilian music, as well as traditional Hawaiian sounds, he puts his stamp on Hawaiian music by pushing the limits of tone and technique on this beautiful instrument. The son of ukulele legend "Ohta-san," he started playing at the age of three, and began teaching...
    • Contributor: Shimabukuro, Jake - Ohta Jr., Herb
    • Date: 2022-05-04
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    Conversation with Herb Ohta Jr.: 'Ukulele Virtuoso from Hawai'i International recording artist Herb Ohta, Jr., is one of today's most prolific 'ukulele masters. Influenced by Jazz, R&B, Latin and Brazilian music, as well as traditional Hawaiian sounds, he puts his stamp on Hawaiian music by pushing the limits of tone and technique on this beautiful instrument. The son of 'ukulele legend "Ohta-san," he started playing at the age of three, and began teaching...
    • Contributor: Ohta Jr., Herb - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-05-04
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    Before the Religious Right Join the Kluge Center for a discussion with Gene Zubovich who explains the important role of liberal Protestants in the battles over poverty, segregation, and U.S. foreign relations in a global context.
    • Contributor: Stratmoen, Michael - Zubovich, Gene - Turello, Dan
    • Date: 2022-05-03
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    Mary Lou Williams: Jazz, Race, Gender, and Iconography Reporter, "Down Beat" columnist, author of "The Golden Age of Jazz" (1979), and photographer William P. Gottlieb (1917-2006) pioneered jazz iconography and shaped the American public's view of jazz. With access to Black jazz musicians in their work environments of nightclubs and concert halls and, in some cases, the private realms of these musicians' homes, Gottlieb documented New York's jazz scene during a ten-year...
    • Contributor: Murchison, Gayle
    • Date: 2022-04-28
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    A Conversation with Suzanne Mettler Suzanne Mettler, political scientist from Cornell University, will be Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance in 2023-2024. The event will focus on her recent book, "Four Threats," where she and her co-author Robert C. Lieberman explore five moments in history when democracy in the U.S. was under siege: the 1790s, the Civil War, the Gilded Age, the Depression and Watergate. These episodes risked...
    • Contributor: Mettler, Suzanne - Yacobucci, Brent
    • Date: 2022-04-28
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    U.S. Poet Laureate Closing Event: Joy Harjo To celebrate the conclusion of her laureateship, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (an enrolled member of the Mvskoke Nation) reads and discusses her favorite "ancestor poems." The evening features a performance by singer-songwriter Jennifer Kreisberg (Tuscarora, North Carolina) and a reading by poet Portlyn Houghton-Harjo (Mvskoke, Seminole), concluding with Harjo's performance of her poem "Remember."
    • Contributor: Houghton-Harjo, Portlyn - Casper, Rob - Harjo, Joy - Hill, David - Hayden, Carla - Kreisberg, Jennifer
    • Date: 2022-04-28
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    Introduction to the Neil Simon Collection The Library of Congress is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the Neil Simon Collection--the papers and other materials from the most successful American playwright in history. A playwright, screenwriter, librettist, and television writer, among Simon's many classic works are: "Barefoot in the Park", "Sweet Charity", "The Odd Couple", "The Sunshine Boys", "The Heartbreak Kid", "The Goodbye Girl", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", and his Pulitzer...
    • Contributor: Horowitz, Mark
    • Date: 2022-04-26
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    Conversation with Julian Kytasty: Ukrainian American Bandura Master from New York Join us for a conversation with Julian Kytasty, a third generation player of the bandura, a Ukrainian stringed instrument with similarities to the lute and the zither.
    • Contributor: Kytasty, Julian - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-04-26
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    The Legacy of Neil Simon: A Conversation with Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker Watch a conversation about playwright Neil Simon's legacy, featuring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, moderated by "Plaza Suite" director John Benjamin Hickey. Elaine Joyce, actor and Simon's widow, delivers brief remarks.
    • Contributor: Joyce, Elaine - Hayden, Carla - Broderick, Matthew - M. Rubenstein, David - Benjamin Hickey, John - Vita, Susan H. - Parker, Sarah Jessica
    • Date: 2022-04-25
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    A Conversation with Tamika Y. Nunley The Kluge Center hosts a conversation with Tamika Y. Nunley on her latest book, "At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C." Nunley discusses the stories of Black women in D.C. navigating lives of slavery within a city founded upon the symbolism of liberty.
    • Contributor: D. Yacobucci, Brent - Nunley, Tamika
    • Date: 2022-04-21
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    Finding Pictures: Deaf History Month Join us reach people who may or may not be familiar with the Library's collections and provide an interesting and also encouraging introduction.
    • Contributor: Duke, Sara - Dodson, Derrick - Richey, Pete - Kays, Ellen
    • Date: 2022-04-21
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    Louis Armstrong's Early Musical Influences Ricky Riccardi takes viewers through a multimedia journey of the music that helped shape Louis Armstrong's style and transformed him into one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
    • Contributor: Riccardi, Ricky
    • Date: 2022-04-21
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    Assyrians in Modern Iraq The Kluge Center Director, will interview former Kluge Fellow, Alda Benjamen, on her new book based on her research at the Library of Congress while a fellow at the Kluge Center. Examining the relationship between a strengthened Iraqi state under the Ba'th regime and the Assyrians, a Christian ethnoreligious group, Alda Benjamen studies the role of minorities in twentieth-century Iraqi political and cultural history....
    • Contributor: Benjamen, Alda - Yacobucci, Brent
    • Date: 2022-04-21
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    Homegrown: Kongero, Swedish Folk'appella Kongero is a Swedish vocal group, consisting of four women who sing folksongs: Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Sofia Hultqvist Kott, and Anna Wikénius. Kongero was formed in 2005 when the original members met at a Nordic folk music conference. There they started singing together and found that their voices and harmonies blended, complementing each other perfectly. Since 2005, they have performed their polyphonic a...
    • Contributor: Björling, Emma - Andersson, Lotta - Hultqvist Kott, Sofia - Wikénius, Anna
    • Date: 2022-04-20
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    Alicia Keys: National Recording Registry 2022 Alicia Keys tells the Library that her street nickname in Harlem was "Hit a High Note" because her neighbors could her her belting out the songs for her debut album, "Songs in A Minor," in her tiny apartment "studio." The album was inducted into the 2022 class of the National Recording Registry.
    • Contributor: Keys, Alicia
    • Date: 2022-04-13
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    Marc Maron: National Recording Registry 2022 Comedian and influential podcast host Marc Maron tells the Library about his seminal 2010 interview with comedian Robin Williams, in which the star talked movingly about his insecurities and thoughts of suicide. The podcast was inducted into the 2022 class of the National Recording Registry.
    • Contributor: Maron, Marc
    • Date: 2022-04-13
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    Desmond Child: National Recording Registry 2022 Mega songwriter Desmond Child ("Livin' on a Prayer," "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Dude Looks Like a Lady") tells the Library about writing one of his biggest hits, "Livin' La Vida Loca," in the late 1990s, when record executives were afraid Americans wouldn't know what "la vida loca" meant. The song was inducted into the 2022 class of the National Recording Registry.
    • Contributor: Child, Desmond
    • Date: 2022-04-13
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    Steve Perry: National Recording Registry 2022 Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry tells the Library the story behind the writing of "Don't Stop Believin'" one late night in Detroit after a concert. The song was inducted into the 2022 class of the National Recording Registry.
    • Contributor: Perry, Steve
    • Date: 2022-04-13
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    National Recording Registry 2022 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has revealed the 25 new additions to the 2022 Library of Congress National Recording Registry. Watch this announcement featuring exclusive interviews with inductees Alicia Keys, Steve Perry, Marc Maron, Linda Ronstadt and songwriting legend Desmond Child, plus hits such as "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Don't Stop Believin' " and "Fallin.'"
    • Contributor: Hayden, Carla - Keys, Alicia - Child, Desmond - Maron, Marc - Ronstadt, Linda - Perry, Steve
    • Date: 2022-04-13
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    Conversation with Kongero: Swedish Folk'appella Join us for a conversation with Kongero, a Swedish vocal group consisting of four women who sing folksongs: Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Sofia Hultqvist Kott, and Anna Wikénius. Kongero was formed in 2005 when the original members met at a Nordic folk music conference. There they started singing together and found that their voices and harmonies blended, complementing each other perfectly. Since 2005, they...
    • Contributor: Björling, Emma - Hultqvist Kott, Sofia - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-04-05