The Emergence of Life: On Earth (Session 1)
Opening remarks and presentations on the emergence of life on Earth, including "Gleaning Clues to Earth's Earliest Life from Modern Geothermal Systems," "The Origin of Life: What Do We Know?" and "RNA Worlds." Part of a day-long symposium on the origins of life, how we came to know it, and what it means.
Do the Write Thing: The National Campaign to Stop Violence
Approximately 60 middle school students accompanied by their families gathered at the Library of Congress to celebrate as winners of the "Do the Write Thing Challenge." A primary initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence, each year students are asked to write about their personal experiences with violence and make a personal commitment to ending violence in their lives.
The Wide World of Persian: Connections and Contestations, 1500-Today
This conference examines this period that includes not only aspects of cohesion and fracture but also renewal and reconstitution of the Persian-speaking world. The period from early modern to contemporary times features some of the defining moments in the lifespan and legacy of the Persian world. This was a period that witnessed immense interchange and connection at the height of the Ottoman, Safavid, and ...
Target in the Night
Sergio Waisman discussed his translation of Ricardo Piglia's latest novel, "Target in the Night" (Blanco nocturno) with professors Gwen Kirkpatrick and Laura Demaria. Winner of the 2011 Romulo Gallegos International Novel Prize, "Target in the Night" is a passionate thriller in which the madness of the detective, a retired police captain, is integral to his solving mysteries.
James Madison & the Social Utility of Religion: Risks vs. Rewards
James Hudson discussed the role of religion in the life of James Madison at this a symposium celebrating the 250th anniversary of Madison's birth. Thomas Jefferson overshadowed his close friend and coadjutor James Madison in many ways, but in one, at least, Madison was demonstrably superior to his Monticello neighbor--in his ability to keep his religious views private. He divulged so much about so ...
Hutson, James H.
Magna Carta Entrenched: The Legacy in America
Scholars, historians and contemporary thinkers discuss how Magna Carta's political and legal traditions have carried into our current times at this symposium, Conversations on the Enduring Legacy of the Great Charter, held in conjunction with the Library's exhibition, "Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor."
Malcolm, Joyce Lee
A Bullet in the Chamber: The Politics of Catastrophe & the Declaration of World War I
As members of Congress gathered in April 1917 to decide whether to declare war on Germany, some legislators arrived with battle scars. For Civil War veterans, the memory of that catastrophic war would inform their understanding of a new conflict. Historian Mary Dudziak revealed what it would take to generate sufficient support to enter a faraway war: a politics of catastrophe.
Monica Youn: Poetry & Law
Monica Youn read from her new book, "Blackacre" and participated in a discussion with Martha Dragich, professor emerita of law at the University of Missouri School of Law.
Session 1: Existing Exclusive Rights Under Title 17, Part 1
This session discussed Title 17 and the making available of digital on-demand transmissions such as peer-to-peer networks, streaming services, and music downloads, as well as more broadly in the digital environment. Evidentiary issues in infringement actions were also discussed. Speakers included Maria A. Pallante, Karyn Temple Claggett, John C. Beiter, Andrew P. Bridges, George M. Borkowski, Eugene DeAnna, Jane Ginsburg, Glynn Lunney, Peter Menell, ...
Cokie Roberts & "Ladies of Liberty"
Journalist and author Cokie Roberts brings her newest children's book, "Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation," to the Library's Young Readers Center.
From Terra to Terabytes: Popular Cartography, and Military and Intelligence Cartography (Morning, Day 1)
Day One, morning sessions of the annual conference of the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society of the Library of Congress, established in 1995 as an association of collectors, geographers, historians and map enthusiasts, with a shared interest in supporting the programs and activities of the Library's Geography and Map Division. Speakers (including Mark Monmonier, Stephen Hornsby, James Akerman and Ralph Ehrenberg) presented a sweeping ...
James Madison 265th Birthday Commemoration
The Library commemorated the 265th anniversary of the birth of James Madison with a panel discussion on the fourth president's early life, political and personal partnerships and his pre-eminent role at the 1787 Constitutional Convention.
The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Talmud in its Sasanian Context
Although the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, has been a text central and vital to the Jewish canon since the Middle Ages, the context in which it was produced has been poorly understood. Delving deep into Sasanian material culture and literary remains, Shai Secunda pieces together the dynamic world of late antique Iran, providing an unprecedented and accessible overview of the world that shaped the ...