Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Literary Birthday Celebration: Zora Neale Hurston Dolen Perkins-Valdez and Marita Golden celebrate the birthday of American writer Zora Neale Hurston by reading selections from her work and discussing her influence on their own writing.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Literary Initiatives Office
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Literature to Life: Zora! Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most important and celebrated figures to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. Outspoken, spirited and gifted, Ms. Hurston was the most prolific African-American woman writer of the 1930's. Adapted from the theatrical biography of her life by Laurence Holder, this performance brings to life her story. A production of the American Place Theatre.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2004
  • Film, Video
    A Literary Guide to Washington, D.C.: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers Kim Roberts discusses her book, "A Literary Guide to Washington, D.C.: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston."
    • Contributor: Roberts, Kim
    • Date: 2018-09-07
  • Film, Video
    Repatriating the Alan Lomax Haitian Recordings in Post-Quake Haiti Gage Averill discussed the significance of Alan and Elizabeth Lomax's collection and documentation of a wide variety of Haitian classical music, dance music and vodou music in 1936-1937, and related work by Zora Neale Hurston, Katherine Dunham and others. He discussed the process of repatriating the recordings following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2017
  • Film, Video
    Gods of the Upper Air Charles King discussed his book, "Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex and Gender in the 20th Century," a group portrait of Franz Boas (1858-1942), the pioneering German-American professor of anthropology at Columbia University, and some of his most eminent students: Margaret Mead, Zora Neale Hurston, Ruth Benedict and Ella Cara Deloria. Boas rejected the then-popular notion...
    • Contributor: King, Charles
    • Date: 2019-12-13
  • Film, Video
    Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore & Cultural Advocacy Reading from her recently published biography, author Peggy A. Bulger discussed Stetson Kennedy (1916-2011), who led a remarkable life as a political activist, writer and folklorist. His life was one of cultural advocacy and rebellion and his friends included Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax, Richard Wright, Jean-Paul Sartre, Zora Neale Hurston and others. This talk explored the work of a remarkable man who...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2017
  • Film, Video
    Pérez, Cohen, Potter Quintet Making its first appearance, the Pérez, Cohen, Potter Quintet is a new collaborative project by a trio of bandleaders: pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, trumpeter Avishai Cohen and saxophonist Chris Potter, joined by Larry Grenadier (bass) and Nate Smith (drums). Presented in cooperation with the Reva & David Logan Foundation. Program: Introduction (00:35); "Tea Cake," inspired by Zora Neale Hurston (2:13); "Innovation Africa," inspired...
    • Contributor: Pérez, Cohen, Potter Quintet
    • Date: 2018-10-10
  • Film, Video
    Michael Dirda Discusses "Classics for Pleasure" "Classics are classics not because they are educational, but because people have found them worth reading, generation after generation, century after century. More than anything else, great books speak to us of our own all-too-real feelings, confusions and daydreams." Thus Pulitzer prize-winning critic Michael Dirda introduces his new book, "Classics for Pleasure," a volume of short essays that "point readers to new authors and...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Center for the Book
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Politics and Poetics: Fieldwork in Afghanistan and Jamaica Margaret Mills, professor at Ohio State University, and Kenneth Bilby, research associate at the Smithsonian Institution Department of Anthropology presented lectures in a program titled "Politics and Poetics: Fieldwork in Afghanistan and Jamaica" as part of the Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Mills discussed "The Same River: Dilemmas and Challenges of Long-term Cultural Research in Conflict Zones and Failing...
    • Contributor: Bilby, Kenneth - Mills, Margaret
    • Date: 2006-08-03
  • Film, Video
    A Conversation with Stetson Kennedy Pioneering folklorist, social activist and writer Stetson Kennedy, of Jacksonville, Fla., discussed his long and wide-ranging career and explored the theme of "Building Democracy in America" in a lecture presented by the American Folklife Center as part of its Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series. The event was co-sponsored by Holland & Knight LLP. The program was introduced by Peggy Bulger, director of the American...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2005
  • Film, Video
    Library Folklife Collections Orientation for the National Association of Black Storytellers Staff in the Library's American Folklife Center hosted an orientation of its collections for members of the National Association of Black Storytellers in Washington, D.C., for the group's annual membership conference.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet To honor women who have taken the lead in the environmental or "green" movement, the National Women's History Project has chosen "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet" as the 2009 theme for National Women's History Month. In keeping with the theme, the Library invited Administrator Lisa Perez Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver its keynote address.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video
    The Will to Adorn: Reflections on African American Identity and the Aesthetics of Dress Diana N'Diaye shares stories, observations, and insights from "The Will to Adorn," a community-centered research and public presentation project, which explores and examines the diversity of African American cultural identities as expressed through traditional arts of the body, dress, and adornment.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2013
  • Film, Video
    Christopher Myers: 2013 National Book Festival Christopher Myers appears at the 2013 National Book Festival.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - National Book Festival (U.S.)
    • Date: 2013
  • Film, Video
    Literary Birthday Celebration: Langston Hughes Poets Dolores Kendrick and Evie Shockley celebrate the birthday of American poet Langston Hughes by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Literary Initiatives Office
    • Date: 2012
  • Film, Video
    Toni Morrison: 2011 National Book Festival Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison appears at the 2011 National Book Festival.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - National Book Festival (U.S.)
    • Date: 2011
  • Film, Video
    Ishmael Reed: 2015 National Book Festival Ishmael Reed discusses "The Complete Muhammad Ali" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - National Book Festival (U.S.)
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Edwidge Danticat: 2016 National Book Festival Edwidge Danticat discusses "Untwine" with Michael Oreskes from NPR at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - National Book Festival (U.S.)
    • Date: 2016
  • Film, Video
    African Fiddle & Banjo Echo in Appalachia Lecture Alan Lomax Fellow Cece Conway delivers a multimedia presentation on the instrumental and musical history of Appalachian traditional music, with illustration from African and Appalachian musicians, instruments, videos, sounds and images.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center - John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Not the Same Old (Folk) Song and Dance: Field Recordings in the European Communities of the United States In the 1930s, Library of Congress fieldworkers recorded the folk music of non-English-speaking communities throughout the United States. There, they captured songs and styles that had died out in the lands of their birth, as well as emerging fusions of the ancient and modern. From the songs of a sacred Spanish mystery play performed in Texas to wild Polish wedding music played in Wisconsin,...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - American Folklife Center
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video
    The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music Tom Piazza discussed his new book, "The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music."
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Center for the Book
    • Date: 2013
  • Film, Video
    Walter Mosley: 2015 National Book Festival Walter Mosley discusses "And Sometimes I Wonder About You" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - National Book Festival (U.S.)
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    The Juneteenth Book Festival Symposium on Black Literature & Literacy A day-long symposium on Juneteenth, one of the oldest observances marking the end of the enslavement of African descendants in the United States. The holiday has been celebrated in Galveston, Texas, since June 19, 1865, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation first was announced in Texas. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom with an emphasis on education and literacy. The opened with a history...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. African and Middle Eastern Division
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    The Yank with the Box: Sidney Robertson Cowell Collects Music in 1950s Ireland The American folk music collector Sidney Robertson Cowell (1903-1995) has been marginalized in the histories of the many places where she worked during her twenty-year career, including North America, Europe, India, Asia, and the Middle East. The talk focuses specifically on her work in Ireland on the music of Conamara and the Aran Islands in 1955 and 1956, work that is largely unknown to...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2012
  • Film, Video
    The Evolving Moral Landscape: Perspectives on the Environment, Literary, Historical and Interplanetary Three scholars from three different disciplines discuss human perspectives on the environment and the moral implications of those views.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2013