Books That Shaped America
As part of our 2012 Celebration of the Book and recognition of Books That Shaped America, we asked several book enthusiasts to talk about the books that they believed shaped America.
Encounter of Chinese & Western Cultures and the 1911 Revolution (afternoon)
(Afternoon Session.) 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Chinese Revolution, which ended the Qing Dynasty and imperial rule in China. Scholars from around the world gathered at this conference with the intention of deepening the understanding of this momentous event and providing insights into its implications for China on the world stage. Speakers included Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Franklin Odo, David Dean, Mi Chu,...
Harris III, Charles H. - Sadler, Louis R.
Oral History in the Digital Age
Over the course of the twentieth century, oral history, the gathering and recording of interviews and memories, was an essential ingredient of this democratization of scholarship. Oral histories provided vital evidence to allow scholars to move beyond the written records of elites and expand their focus to broader groups and to social and cultural history. The digital revolution has opened up dramatic new opportunities...
2010 Library of Congress Junior Fellows
This webcast features interviews and collection highlights from the 2010 Library of Congress Junior Fellows Project displays. Junior Fellows describe some of the special collections and items they worked with and researched over the summer including a rare, underground copy of Leo Tolstoy's The New Gospel (Novoe Evangelie), scrapbooks from a WWI soldier and DC opera singer, WWII film evaluations for Bambi and Tarzan...
Exploring Waldseemuller's World: Exploring the Known and Unknown
Prominent scholars gathered at the Library to examine Waldseemuller's cartographic vision and to reflect on the philosophical and historical context of the map's production and reception. Experts spoke on a wide range of topics, from the history of exploration and German Humanism to the mathematical and astronomical basis of early 16th-century cartography. This session, "Waldseemuller's World: Exploring the Known and Unknown," begins a more...
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Symposium (Part 1)
The Library sponsored an all-day symposium commemorating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln. Commemorating the 148th anniversary of Lincoln's first inaugural address, Harold Holzer presented a talk titled "Lincoln Comes to Washington: The Journey of a President-Elect." Holzer, co-chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and senior vice president for external affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is author, co-author, or editor of 33...
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Symposium (Part 2)
The Library sponsored an all-day symposium celebrating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln. Lucas E. Morel presented "Lincoln on Race, Equality and the Spirit of '76." Morel is the Garwood Visiting Research Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University and the author of "Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government." Lincoln's lifelong interest in language will...
Press Conference Announcing Library Commission of Stevie Wonder Composition
Singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder, the awardee of the second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington held a press conference to discuss the world premiere of his instrumental composition, which was commissioned by the Library. Wonder described the evolution of "Sketches of a Life," which was inspired by his life experiences and influenced by his longtime love...
Amish Resources at the Library of Congress
Paul Connor, reference specialist in the Local History & Genealogy Reading Room, draws on the Library's extensive resources in Amish Studies to discuss the unique history and culture of Amish Americans.
Opening Reception of "With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition"
Librarian of Congress James Billington and Union Pacific Corporation, the exclusive sponsor of "With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Bicentennial Exhibition," hosted a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit. Speakers included Billington, Union Pacific CEO Jim Young, Sen. Dick Durbin and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, with performances by renowned baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Craig Rutenberg and poetry readings by James Earl Jones.
Baghdad Jews in British Burma
Anthropologist Ruth Fredman Cernea discusses the Jewish experience in the land of Burma in a lecture titled "Almost Englishmen: Baghdadi Jews in British Burma." For more than a century, Jews from the Middle East--the Baghdadis--formed vibrant communities throughout Southeast Asia. Linked across the miles by tradition, family and economic ties, ideologically the Baghdadis existed between two promised lands: the religious ideal of Jerusalem and...
Cernea, Ruth Fredman
Forum on Education and the Economy: Welcome and Session I
Education reform has been a policy focus in the United States since "A Nation at Risk" was released in 1983. Despite the best of intentions and large investments by both the public and private sectors, we are slipping in comparison to our industrialized peers, placing 25th out of 30 in math and 21st in science on the 2006 PISA test. Our nation's high schools...
Education, Health and Socio-Economic Developments in Iraq Today: Afternoon Session
Representatives from the U.S. Department of State; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' the Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine; the Office of Iraq Reconstruction (USAID); the International Office for Migration; AMIDEAST; Life for Relief and Development; International Relief and Development; World Learning; and Mobile Medical International Corporation met to discuss their work in Iraq.
Ruth Crawford Seeger, Modernist Composer in the Folk Revival: Biography as Music History
In the first of a Music Division lecture series presenting members of the American Musicological Society who have completed research in the division's unique collections, Judith Tick discusses aspects of her work on composer Ruth Crawford Seeger. She introduces Seeger's training as a musician and composer, her work collecting folk songs and her role as wife and mother. In Tick's words, "As life and...
New Deal Resources: Preserving the Legacy, Part 1
The "New Deal" Franklin Delano Roosevelt had promised the American people began to take shape immediately after his inauguration on March 4, 1933. The multi-faceted social, cultural and fiscal recovery program aimed to reform and reinvigorate national life, and to end the Great Depression. Many New Deal administrators believed that art could be a part of the daily lives of all Americans, not just...
The Parking Garage and Its Impact on Urban Planning
The parking garage, often considered a dull and forgettable structure, is a crucial element of building design and urban planning. Architect Shannon Sanders McDonald discussed "Designing for Man, Machine and Movement: The Parking Garage." McDonald discussed the parking garage as it relates to the larger issues of how we move in space and its future implications for architecture, the environment, planning, transportation and their...
Writers from Iowa's International Writer's Program Read From Their Work
Writers from the distinguished International Writing Program at the University of Iowa read from their works at the Library of Congress in a program jointly sponsored by the Library's John W. Kluge Center and the International Writing Program. The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa introduces talented writers to American life, providing them with the time and setting to produce literary work....
Shakir-Tash, Aziz - Nambisam, Kavery - Bossi, Elena - Khalifa, Khaled - Spahic, Ognjen
Draft Final Report: Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control
In November 2006, Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, convened a Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control to examine the future of bibliographic description in the 21st century in light of advances in search engine technology, the popularity of the Internet and the influx of electronic information resources. After a year of careful and comprehensive study,...