Avoiding the Fate of the Mayans
The Maya civilization, at its peak, was one of the most densely populated and culturally dynamic societies in the world. But after flourishing for a thousand years, it abruptly disappeared. Thanks to Landsat satellite data and climate models, NASA archaeologist Tom Sever has gained insights into the event known as the Maya Collapse. His findings can inform our lives today. The presentation, the second...
Globalization Through the Centuries
Economic globalization is a new word for an old process, according to economic historian Herman Van der Wee, holder of the Chair of the Countries and Cultures of the North in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Van der Wee explained this concept in a lecture titled "Economic Globalization in the Mirror of History." In his lecture, Van der Wee...
Van Der Wee, Herman
Libraries and Human Development in Haiti: The Work of Fondation Connaissance et Liberte (FOKAL)
FOKAL (Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty) supports 35 community libraries throughout Haiti from Port-Salut to Pestel to Port-au-Prince to Cap-Haitian. From its humble beginnings, it has grown to be an organization that also supports arts and culture programming, has a debate program, and supports grassroots initiatives and water projects. How has this organization impacted Haiti and through its work strengthened the roots of a...
River of Words Awards 2002
The seventh annual awards ceremony for the student grand prize and regional winners in the River of Words contest.
Israeli Comics of Past & Present
Drawing both from Judeo-European and American cultures, comics have been a mainstay of Israeli newspapers and readers' markets since the early 1930s. Ofer Berenstein discusses these comics, little known outside the Middle East, that open an interesting window into Israeli society, past and present.
Strickland v. Washington Conference: Panel III
The Law Library and the Constitution Project cosponsored a day-long conference on the right to the effective assistance of counsel and, in particular, the case of Strickland v. Washington. This panel explored "Promises for Justice: Federal and State Reforms to Protect the Right to the Effective Assistance of Counsel." The panelists included prominent district and state attorneys, appellate judges, law professors and experts from...
Archive Ingest and Handling Test
Keith Johnson, digital repository product manager at Stanford University, reported on Stanford's contribution to the Archive Ingest and Handling Test (AIHT), an initiative sponsored by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (www.digitalpreservation.gov) designed to test the feasibility of transferring digital archives from one institution to another. He was joined by Library program officer Martha Anderson, who provided an overview to the project....
Documenting Katrina and Rita in Houston
Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston is the first large-scale project, anywhere, in which the survivors of a major disaster have taken the lead in documenting it. The project's goal is to voice, as intimately as possible, the experiences and reflections of those displaced to Houston by the two major hurricanes that pounded the Gulf Coast in August and September of 2005. The heart...
Lindahl, Carl - Jasper, Pat - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston (Project)
Wilson, Joe - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - National Council for the Traditional Arts
Farming, Food Security and Climate Change
Molly E. Brown, a research scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has been involved for the past 10 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) use of satellite remote sensing to monitor food security in developing regions. Satellite estimates of crop production play an important role in USAID's Famine Early Warning System. According to Brown, changes in population size,...
Hoop Dances by Dallas Chief Eagle and Jasmine Pickner
Two first place World Hoop Dance Champions have joined together to model and dance a vision of male and female balance, harmony and respect as traditionally practiced by their ancestors. Dallas Chief Eagle, Rosebud Sioux tribal member, and Jasmine Pickner of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe are both world-traveled hoop dancers. They performed as part of the American Folklife Center's Homegrown Concert Series.
Pickner, Jasmine - Chief Eagle, D. - Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage