Geography & Domestic Recreation in Early Modern Europe
This lecture explores how world geography shifted from professional knowledge to general interest in 17th- and 18th-century Europe, looking in particular at domestic activities designed to encourage the collection and memorization of geography by non-professionals, including coloring maps and botanical texts and recipes for colors; interactive prints and games; and geographic memorization cards. Beyond an educational pastime, these activities neatly divided the globe into ...
How is diplomacy changing? What can diplomats do to prevent or resolve conflict, initiate or manage change? These questions are addressed by a distinguished group of diplomats and scholars.
Letters About Literature/A Book That Shaped Me Awards: 2015 National Book Festival
Kids read their award-winning entries in these two Library of Congress reading contests at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Letters About Literature asks kids to read a book and write to the author about how that book affected their lives. A Book That Shaped Me Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating ...
2006 Jay I. Kislak Lecture: Re-thinking Conquest: Spanish and Native Experiences in the Americas:
British historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto delivered the second annual Jay I. Kislak lecture titled "Re-Thinking Conquest: Spanish and Native Experiences in the Americas." In his lecture, Fernandez-Armesto argues that Spanish empire building in the Americas was, by most standards, more dynamic and big-scale than any comparable event at the time. His recent research, especially in native-language archives and neglected Spanish sources, opens new perspectives and ...
John Hope Franklin: Where Do We Go from Here?
Distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, recipient of the 2006 John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity, discussed the history of the African-American experience and poses the question, "Where Do We Go from Here?" In a frank and honest discussion, he used his personal experiences to examine the successes and failures of race relations in America.
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Interview with the Ambassadors: A Different Approach to Being an Ambassador
Following the Jan. 5, 2010, ceremony announcing the appointment of Katherine Paterson as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for 2010-2011, Jon Scieszka, National Ambassador for 2008-2009, interviewed his successor. They discussed a wide range of issues, both serious and humorous, in a room in the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building.
Rick Atkinson: 2015 National Book Festival
Rick Atkinson discusses "The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945" as part of a special presentation on the human side of war at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Annette Gordon-Reed: 2015 National Book Festival
Annette Gordon-Reed discusses "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family" as part of a special celebration of Thomas Jefferson's Library at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.