Rhapsody in Blue at 100
George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" turned 100 on Feb. 12, 2024. First performed in New York, it has become a motif of the nation's creative spirit. The Library of Congress, home to George and Ira Gershwin's papers, presents this short tribute video from performers around the country, from dancers and pianists, from a high school orchestra and a pro football player, from New York...
2024 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize: Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Elton John and Bernie Taupin, one of the great songwriting duos of all time, will be the 2024 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The prize is named for another legendary songwriting team, George and Ira Gershwin, whose papers are held by the Library. John and Taupin will be honored with a tribute concert in Washington, D.C., that will...
Taupin, Bernie - John, Elton
Conversation with Charly Lowry
Singer-songwriter Charly Lowry speaks with Stephen Winick and Megan Nicholas from the American Folklife Center. An Indigenous woman from Pembroke, North Carolina belonging to the Lumbee and Tuscarora Tribes, Lowry considers her work a platform for raising awareness around issues that plague underdeveloped and underserved Native communities. Lowry is a songwriter who accompanies herself on acoustic and electric guitars and Native American hand drum....
Nicholas, Megan - Lowry, Charly - Winick, Stephen
Conversation with the Goldmund Quartet and Philip Kass
Members of the Goldmund Quartet speak with the Library's Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford and guest Philip Kass, a respected expert, appraiser, consultant and writer about fine classic stringed instruments and bows. The Goldmund Quartet performed on the famed "Paganini Quartet" of Stradivari instruments collected by Niccolò Paganini. Topics include the special instruments used for the concert, as well as the program that included works by...
Vandory, Christoph - Adt, Pinchas - Schötz, Florian - Ward-Bamford, Carol Lynn - Paratore, Raphael - Kass, Philip
Conversation with Frederic and Molly Kellogg
Law Librarian of Congress Aslihan Bulut interviewed Frederic and Molly Kellogg about their thoughts on the importance of studying jurisprudence and what led them to approach the Library of Congress with the idea to create the Biennial Kellogg Lecture in Jurisprudence.
Rubio, Carlos - Isaacman-Beck, Ari - Morales, Jesús - Linares, Adriana - Morales, Ricardo
Apply for the 2024 Library of Congress Literacy Awards
Hear from past winners and honorees about how they define literacy and what receiving a Library of Congress Literacy Award means to their organization. The Library invites nonprofit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad to apply for the 2024 Literacy Awards. Award recipients can receive up to $150,000. The 2024 application period opens on January...
2023 National Film Registry Announcement
The 2023 Library of Congress National Film Registry announces its 25 inductees in this sizzle reel. It features hit films such as "Home Alone," "Apollo 13," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Love & Basketball" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," as well as independent and influential films such as "12 Years a Slave," "Matewan," "Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision" and "Alambrista!" Artists such as Spike...
Proyecto de Historia de los Veteranos: Estás invitado (español)
La Biblioteca del Congreso lo invita a visitar el sitio web renovado del Proyecto de Historia de los Veteranos, donde el público puede acceder a relatos de primera mano compartidos por veteranos militares estadounidenses. Vea este video para aprender cómo buscar colecciones en el sitio web es fácil y se puede completar en unos pocos pasos. Realizar una búsqueda sencilla de la colección es...
Veterans History Project: You're Invited (English)
The Library of Congress invites you to visit the revamped website of the Veterans History Project, where firsthand accounts shared by U.S. military veterans are accessible to the public. View this video to learn how searching the collections on the website is easy and can be completed in a few steps. Performing a simple search of the collection is easy. First, go to LOC.gov/vets....
DC: Fifty Years of Home Rule
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of home rule in the District of Columbia, the Library sponsored a panel discussion on "50 Years of Home Rule" moderated by WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi ("The Politics Hour") and featuring Tom Sherwood (longtime D.C. journalist and co-author of "Dream City: Race, Power and the Decline of Washington D.C."), Judy Richardson (co-founder of the Drum and Spear Bookstore and "Eyes...
Nnamdi, Kojo - Sherwood, Tom - Musgrove, G. Derek - Richardson, Judy - Sommers, Kyla
Swahili Resources at Library of Congress
This video provides a dynamic overview and orientation to Swahili-language materials found at the Library of Congress, offered in Swahili by reference specialist Melanie Zeck. The video comes out of an ongoing collaboration that Zeck has pursued with CHAUKIDU (Global Association for the Promotion of Swahili) leadership and Swahili language scholars/learners that serves to engage Swahili speakers with the Library's collections and resources.
Conversation with Richard O'Neill and Jeremy Denk
Violist Richard O'Neill and pianist Jeremy Denk speak with the Library's Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford and David Plylar about the music they performed at the Library of Congress. Topics included Schumann, Hindemith, Bach and Clarke, as well as the Tuscan-Medici Stradivari viola played in the concert.
O'Neill, Richard - Denk, Jeremy
A Love Letter to Leonard Bernstein from Wife Felicia
Leonard Bernstein himself started giving the Library of Congress his music manuscripts in the 1950s. After Bernstein's death in 1990, his estate and family donated hundreds of thousands of additional items, providing the bulk of the collection, which now also includes: correspondence, writings, photographs, business papers, fan mail, datebooks, even his wedding suit and the suit he wore at his unexpected debut conducting the...
An Evening with Simon Schama and Atul Gawande
Writer, surgeon and public health leader Atul Gawande joined writer and public intellectual Simon Schama to discuss Schama's latest book, "Foreign Bodies: Pandemics, Vaccines and the Health of Nations." The conversation explored the complex and surprising history of pandemics in the 18th and 19th centuries and its relevance to our current struggles with COVID-19 today.
Gawande, Atul - Schama, Simon
'Mascot' and Native American Heritage
To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, renowned children's authors Traci Sorrell and Charles Waters discussed their book "Mascot," dealing with a community grappling with their school's mascot: is it tradition, or does it need an update? How do we resolve the ways that Native Americans are portrayed in history books vs. their lived experiences and contemporary lives?
Didier Mutel: From the Rosetta Stone to the United States of Acid
Since 1793, the Atelier Remond in France has been printing books, etchings, and engravings. Artist, master printmaker, and current studio manager Didier Mutel will use his projects "United States of Acid" and "Birds of Acid" to consider why the slow and obsolete process of etching and engraving still challenges and inspires us today. This talk is a rare opportunity to engage with one of...
Cloud, Gerald W. - Mutel, Didier - Stillo, Stephanie
Qohelet-Ecclesiastes: Searching for a Life Worth Living
The event celebrated and shared the book, "Qohelet: Searching for a Life Worth Living," with illuminations and commentary by Debra Band and philosophical commentary by Menahem Fisch. The book provides an artistic and philosophical re-interpretation of the Book of Ecclesiastes.
Fisch, Menahem - Band, Debra
GIS Day 2023: Climate Cartographies
Geography enthusiasts, teachers, students and professionals celebrate GIS Day across the globe with community events to highlight the benefits of geospatial science and technology in addressing the world's challenges. This year speakers from the Library's observance of GIS Day highlighted the role that geospatial data and GIS technologies can play to create positive change in the face of humanitarian challenges all around the globe....