Finding a Shared Historical Narrative
Kluge Prize winner Danielle Allen moderates an expert panel to discuss the changing interpretations of the nation's founding documents and the principles they were founded upon. They will also explore the tension between celebrating what is good about the U.S. and its history, while addressing the exploitation and inequality that are also part of the American legacy.
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Motherhood and the Military
The Motherhood in the Military panel discussion, sponsored by the Veterans History Project, explores the dual roles of mother and soldier through the personal experiences of four service connected women. This event encourages women veterans to contribute their oral histories to the national collections of the Library of Congress.
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How Political Institutions Shape Outcomes and How We Might Reform Them
In the U.S., political institutions reflect choices and compromises about how we balance between majority and minority interests. Kluge Prize winner Danielle Allen moderates an expert panel to look at the way different systems of electoral decision-making in a democracy can, by themselves, lead to very different outcomes, and what can be done to reform them in ways that result in more responsive and...
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Lupita Nyong'o and Carla Hayden
A fascinating conversation for young people with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar-winning actor and author of the number one best-selling children's book "Sulwe."
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Congratulations to NLS on its 90th Anniversary
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden offers her congratulations to the Library's National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, its nationwide network of libraries and its patrons as NLS marks its 90th anniversary in March 2021.
2020 Bobbitt Prize: Terrance Hayes & Natasha Trethewey
The biennial Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry was given in 2020 to Terrance Hayes for his poetry collection "American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin" and to former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey for lifetime achievement. The winners read from their work, and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden conferred the prize.
Ron Howard & J.D. Vance on "Hillbilly Elegy"
The Library of Congress and Netflix host a conversation with film director Ron Howard and J.D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis," moderated by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to discuss the creative process of bringing the book to the screen with the release of the new film, "Hillbilly Elegy."
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Literacy Awards: Welcome & Special Congratulations
Welcome and Special Congratulations to the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Award winners, Best Practice Honorees and conference attendees from Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress; Shari Werb and David M. Rubenstein.
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2020 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film
The 2020 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film winner and runner-up are announced by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and celebrated documentarian Ken Burns at a virtual awards ceremony. The hour-long program features a conversation with Dr. Hayden, Ken Burns and famed musician Wynton Marsalis, along with excerpts from the six finalist films.
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Erica Armstrong Dunbar: National Book Festival 2020
Erica Armstrong Dunbar's "She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman" (37 Ink) is a lively, informative and illustrated tribute to an American heroine whose fearlessness and activism still resonate today. Filled with rare outtakes of commentary, an expansive timeline of Tubman's life, photos and commissioned illustrations, the book is a stunning and powerful mix of pop culture and scholarship.
Casper, Rob - Whitehead, Colson - Hayden, Carla
Mo Willems: National Book Festival 2020
The bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems, winner of three Caldecott Awards and creator of the Pigeon series as well as Elephant & Piggie, talks to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden about his creative process and the "garden" that inspires his stories and his art. He launches "An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! Volume 3" (Hyperion) and "Unlimited Squirrels: I Want to Sleep Under the...
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Carla Hayden with Crosby Kemper & Jon Parrish Peede
On the occasion of the 2020 National Book Festival, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden speaks with Crosby Kemper III and John Parrish Peede on the important role that support for libraries, museums and the humanities plays in our democracy.
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Carla Hayden with Dick Robinson: National Book Festival 2020
On the occasion of the 2020 National Book Festival and Scholastic's 100th anniversary helping children learn and grow, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Dick Robinson discuss the history of Scholastic and the importance to our democracy of ensuring that children acquire a lifelong love of reading.
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Carla Hayden with Mary Anne Carter
On the occasion of the 2020 National Book Festival, the Librarian of Congress and Mary Anne Carter discuss the critical role that funding for the arts plays in our democracy.
Race in America: Colson Whitehead
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks to two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Festival veteran (2009, 2012, 2016 and this year) Colson Whitehead about the need for stories from our past to help us contend with the present, especially at moments of great change.
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Race in America: Joy Harjo & Tracy K. Smith
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks with her U.S. Poets Laureate appointees, Tracy K. Smith (2017-2019) and Joy Harjo (2019-current), about poetry in times of crisis as well as its enduring power to promote social justice.
Smith, Tracy K. - Harjo, Joy - Hayden, Carla
Kluge Prize Winner Danielle Allen
Harvard professor and political theorist Danielle Allen, winner of the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity from the Library of Congress, is profiled in this short video.
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Race in America: Jason Reynolds & Jacqueline Woodson
To commemorate Juneteenth, the holiday marking the end of slavery, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden chats with current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jason Reynolds and former National Ambassador Jacqueline Woodson about ways to hear and support kids during a period of nationwide protest against injustice.
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Richard Ford: A Good Story Knows No Borders
As part of our National Book Festival Presents series for June, "Connecting the World With Words," this spring event honors 2019 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner Richard Ford, in conversation with Marie Arana, Library of Congress literary director. Ford, whose work has been translated into dozens of languages, will speak on the universality of fiction. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden selected...
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