Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Journals from Solar Eclipse Expeditions in the 1800s and Early 1900s Two Library specialists -- head of science reference JJ Harbster and historian Joshua Levy -- take a close look at personal journals and letters written by scientists in expedition groups, traveling across the world to view solar eclipses during the mid-1800s and early 1900s.
    • Contributor: Levy, Joshua - Harbster, Jj
    • Date: 2024-04-03
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    What to Pack for a Solar Eclipse Expedition in the Late 1800s Two Library specialists -- head of science reference JJ Harbster and historian Joshua Levy -- look at a photo album more than a century old, compiled during an expedition to see a solar eclipse in on the coast of Angola in 1889. Looking through the album, the experts talk about what the sailors and scientists packed for the arduous journey to see the eclipse...
    • Contributor: Levy, Joshua - Harbster, Jj
    • Date: 2024-04-03
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    The Tame and the Wild: People and Animals After 1492 John W. Kluge Center and Jay I. Kislak chair Marcy Norton explores the historical roots of a contemporary paradox: Why do some animals become food and other animals become pets? In her new book "The Tame and the Wild," Norton shows that after 1492, Indigenous and European ways of relating to animals transformed societies on both sides of the Atlantic. In this event, she...
    • Contributor: Norton, Marcy
    • Date: 2024-03-27
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    Conversation with Gershwin Honoree Bernie Taupin In a conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, 2024 Gershwin Prize honoree and award-winning lyricist Bernie Taupin talked about his life, his career, and his long association with co-honoree Elton John during an evening program in the historic Thomas Jefferson Building.
    • Contributor: Taupin, Bernie - Hayden, Carla D.
    • Date: 2024-03-21
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    First Ladies: Historical Fiction About Pioneering Black Women In honor of Women's History Month, three novelists who have written new historical fiction about pioneering Black women reveal their characters' stories and how they came to write about them. Victoria Christopher Murray's latest novel, "The First Ladies" (written with Marie Benedict), brings to life the extraordinary partnership between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune. Joshunda Sanders' debut novel...
    • Contributor: Murray, Victoria Christopher - Watson, Ruth P. - Valentine, Monica - Sanders, Joshunda
    • Date: 2024-03-14
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    Were They So Torturous? Reevaluating Modern Surgery's Underdog Story The Swann Fellow Lecture focuses on caricature and cartoon. Zoe Copeman, Ph.D. candidate in art history and archaeology at the University of Maryland, argues the history of surgery often discusses the field's rise from barbaric vocation to distinguished discipline, playing up the "torturous tools" early modern surgeons used to illustrate how far modern surgery has come. Drawing from the Library of Congress's 18th- and...
    • Contributor: Copeman, Zoe
    • Date: 2024-03-12
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    Conversation with American Bar Association President Mary Smith American Bar Association President Mary Smith talks with Law Librarian of Congress Aslihan Bulut in celebration of Law Day 2024.
    • Contributor: Bulut, Aslihan - Smith, Mary
    • Date: 2024-03-11
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    Chelsea Clinton, Rita Williams-Garcia and Meg Medina The library hosted an event with Chelsea Clinton, author of the picture book "She Persisted" and the related "She Persisted" chapter book series, Rita Williams-Garcia, a celebrated author of novels for young adults and middle-grade readers, and Meg Medina, current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
    • Contributor: Clinton, Chelsea - Williams-Garcia, Rita - Medina, Meg
    • Date: 2024-03-09
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    Conversation with Jean and Marcus Baylor Claudia Morales sits down with songwriter, producer and vocalist Jean Baylor and percussionist, songwriter, bandleader and producer Marcus Baylor of the seven-time Grammy-nominated and winner of the NAACP Image Award, The Baylor Project. They discuss music, community and the music business prior to their performance at the Library's Coolidge Auditorium.
    • Contributor: Baylor, Jean - Baylor, Marcus
    • Date: 2024-03-08
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    Conversation with Northern Resonance The three members of Northern Resonance speak with Stephen Winick of the American Folklife Center. The trio performs traditional and newly composed roots music on a previously untested combination of instruments: viola d'amore, hardanger fiddle and nyckelharpa. Northern Resonance combines Scandinavian music with explosive rhythms and grand chamber-like arrangements, taking folk music in a new direction. The members of Northern Resonance are highly skilled...
    • Contributor: Hans-Ers, Jerker - Northern Resonance - Dillner, Petrus - Hans-Ers, Anna Ekborg
    • Date: 2024-03-07
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    Northern Resonance: Scandinavian Roots Music Northern Resonance is a Scandinavian string trio rooted in traditional folk music. The trio performs traditional and newly composed roots music on a previously untested combination of instruments: viola d'amore, hardanger fiddle and nyckelharpa. Northern Resonance combines Scandinavian music with explosive rhythms and grand chamber-like arrangements, taking folk music in a new direction. The members of Northern Resonance are highly skilled and accomplished musicians...
    • Contributor: Hans-Ers, Jerker - Northern Resonance - Dillner, Petrus - Hans-Ers, Anna Ekborg
    • Date: 2024-03-07
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    Introduction to 'The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith' 2024 Library of Congress jazz scholar Sam Stephenson speaks about his involvement in the study of photographer W. Eugene Smith, which resulted in a book and a film called "The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith." His talk preceded a screening of the film, which was produced in part by Dan Logan and the Revada Foundation. The Revada Foundation has underwritten most jazz...
    • Contributor: Stephenson, Sam
    • Date: 2024-03-06
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    Conversation with Le Consort Members of Le Consort speak with Anne McLean about their program presented at the Library of Congress. Topics include the ensemble's projects and thoughts about the unique program that they offered, in addition to considerations of style, instruments and broadening the Baroque repertoire performed in concert.
    • Contributor: Salzenstein, Hannah - Taylor, Justin - Lodge, Augusta McKay - Le Consort - McLean, Anne - De Bardonnèche, Sophie
    • Date: 2024-02-29
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    Saving Ourselves: From Climate Shocks to Climate Action Former Kluge Scholar Dana Fisher discussed her new book, "Saving Ourselves: From Climate Shocks to Climate Action." In it, she argues there is a realistic path forward for climate action, but only through mass mobilization that responds to the growing severity and frequency of disastrous events. Fisher was joined by Guardian reporter Dharna Noor to assess the current state of affairs and discuss why...
    • Contributor: Fisher, Dana - Noor, Dharna
    • Date: 2024-02-28
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    Kerri Greenidge on the Grimkes Family Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks with historian Kerri Greenidge about her new book, "The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family." The Grimke sisters -- Sarah and Angelina -- are revered figures in American history, famous for rejecting their privileged lives on a plantation in South Carolina to become firebrand activists in the North. Their antislavery pamphlets, among the most influential...
    • Contributor: Greenidge, Kerri - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2024-02-22
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    Black Film Archive: Tenderness in Black Film Maya Cade is the creator and curator of Black Film Archive, a living register of Black films from 1915 to 1979, and explored the place of tenderness in American Black film during her two-year residency at the Library. This is the official closing hybrid event of Connecting Communities Digital Initiative's inaugural scholar-in-residence.
    • Contributor: Cade, Maya - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2024-02-21
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    The Azevedo Collection: Musical and Cultural Exchange Between Brazil and the U.S. Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo was a Brazilian musicologist/ethnomusicologist/folklorist who collaborated with U.S. scholars, producing field recordings of Brazilian folk music as part of the Good Neighbor Policy -- and an attempt to establish a cultural exchange between the Americas. During the 1940s, Azevedo also served as music specialist at UNESCO. In this lecture, Miranda Bartira Tagliari Sousa illuminated elements of the Azevedo collection,...
    • Contributor: Sousa, Miranda Bartira Tagliari
    • Date: 2024-02-20
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    Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr. Concert Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr. is an inspirational musician and storyteller celebrating the history, humor and power of American roots music. His deep love for traditional African American and American music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. For more than 30 years, Jones has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union...
    • Contributor: Jones Sr., Rev. Robert B.
    • Date: 2024-02-15
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    Conversation with Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr. Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr. speaks with Stephen Winick of the American Folklife Center. Jones is an inspirational musician and storyteller celebrating the history, humor and power of American roots music. His deep love for traditional African American and American music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. For more than 30 years, Jones has entertained and...
    • Contributor: Jones Sr., Rev. Robert B. - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2024-02-15
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    Major Jackson with Ron Charles Major Jackson, the prizewinning author of "Razzle Dazzle: New & Selected Poems" and host of "The Slowdown," talks with Washington Post book critic Ron Charles about his work.
    • Contributor: Jackson, Major - Charles, Ron
    • Date: 2024-02-15
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    Charting New Discoveries of the Manuscript Map of the Dagua River Region The Manuscript Map of the Dagua River Region, created in 1764, depicts a remote gold mining frontier in today's Colombia. Art historian Juliet Wiersema and preservation scientist Meghan Hill shared results from their collaborative analysis which unearthed stories about African resilience, adaptation, entrepreneurship and survival within the Spanish empire. An examination of this map further draws back the curtain on how this large watercolor...
    • Contributor: Wiersema, Juliet - Hill, Meghan
    • Date: 2024-02-13
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    Collections from the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion The Veterans History Project has a vast collection from the historic 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. In this conversation, Candace Milburn talks with archivist Nate Cross about the importance of the 6888th Battalion and the hardships its members had to deal with during their service.
    • Contributor: Milburn, Candace - Cross, Nate
    • Date: 2024-02-12
  • Film, Video
    Rhapsody in Blue at 100: Ryan Raul Bañagale Scholar Ryan Raul Bañagale offered a lecture on the occasion of the 100th birthday of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," celebrated at the Library with a performance of the work by Simone Dinnerstein and the United States Air Force Band. Bañagale, an expert on Rhapsody in Blue who prepared the critical edition of the work's original version, spoke about the origins of the iconic...
    • Contributor: Bañagal, Ryan Raul
    • Date: 2024-02-12
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    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...
    • Date: 2024-02-12
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    A Valentine's Date with Rebecca Ross Do you love a good epistolary novel, an enemies-to-lovers story, or a realistic portrayal of journalists who report from the war front? young-adult author Rebecca Ross ("Divine Rivals," "Ruthless Vows") came to the Library for a night of love letters and beautiful storytelling.
    • Contributor: Ross, Rebecca
    • Date: 2024-02-08