Comedy Icon Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner, a giant of American comedy for nearly six decades, spoke at the Library of Congress as part of the Books & Beyond author series sponsored by the Library's Center for the Book. Following his talk, Reiner signed his recently published book "Just Desserts" as well as his children's book "Tell Me a Scary Story, But Not TOO Scary."
Legislating International Religious Freedom
The John W. Kluge Center and the American Academy of Religion presented panel discussions on America's religious origins and on international religious freedom at the Library of Congress. The first panel, "Writing the Story of America's Religious Origins," was cosponsored by the National History Center. Participants included Susan Jacoby, Mark Noll, Steve R. Prothero and Jonathan D. Sarna. Catherine L. Albanese presided. The second...
Sara Paretsky: Fire Sale
What do basketball, a discount superstore, two runaway teenagers and an explosion that screams of foul play have in common? They are just a sampling of the twists and turns found in the latest mystery thriller by Sara Paretsky who discussed her most recent book "Fire Sale." The program, which marked the 25th anniversary of the debut of Paretsky's fictional private detective, V.I. Warshawski,...
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...
Exploring Waldseemuller's World: Sources and Texts
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. Using the first session on the transmission of texts as a general...
Jewish Women's Issues
Author Susan Weidman Schneider, editor-in-chief of Lilith, discussed her experiences of more than two decades at the helm of this award-winning Jewish women's magazine.
Schneider, Susan Weidman
Russim: On Russian Immigration and Culture in Israel
Since the former Soviet Union opened its doors to mass emigration 20 years ago, more than one million Russians have moved to Israel. The impact on Israel of Russian immigration and culture is the subject of this lecture delivered by author and artist David Stromberg. This event is sponsored jointly by the European Division and the Hebrew Language Table in cooperation with the Embassy...
WWII Reunion: Wartime Memories
As part of the National World War II Reunion held on Memorial Day weekend on the National Mall in Washington, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project sponsored several programs presenting compelling accounts of WWII history.
Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By
Sharon Robinson, baseball legend Jackie Robinson's daughter and director of educational programming for the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, came to the Library of Congress to discuss her newly published book.
Is Diplomacy the Answer?
Does the U.S., as a longstanding superpower, need a diplomatic strategy to protect and advance our interests in the new world? William R. Smyser examined the topic in a lecture at the Library of Congress.