Living and Building Between Tradition and Change: Vernacular ...
Architect and folklorist Mats Widbom presented his research on the traditional building culture of Dalecarlia in Northern Sweden. In particular, he explored how the parstuga (double house) has been used and rebuilt over time in the parish of Lima. His research demonstrates that traditional culture, as expressed in architecture, is not something permanent; it need not have a particular appearance and derivation from the...
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The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civili...
The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress is sponsoring a series of lectures on Iraq history and society. Jonathan Lyons, a researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Center at Monash University, Victoria, Australia, discussed his new book, "The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization."
Politics and Poetics: Fieldwork in Afghanistan and Jamaica
Margaret Mills, professor at Ohio State University, and Kenneth Bilby, research associate at the Smithsonian Institution Department of Anthropology presented lectures in a program titled "Politics and Poetics: Fieldwork in Afghanistan and Jamaica" as part of the Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Mills discussed "The Same River: Dilemmas and Challenges of Long-term Cultural Research in Conflict Zones and Failing...
Curtis Chamber Orchestra
Robert Spano leads the Curtis Chamber Orchestra in an exclusive Washington, D.C. appearance. Violist Roberto Díaz premieres a new concerto by Jennifer Higdon, commissioned by the Library of Congress and the Curtis Institute, and Spano puts on his composer hat for a performance of his Hölderlin-Lieder. The orchestra rounds out the program with works by Prokofiev and Mozart.
Mystery of the "Place of Dog Tail"
Anastasia Kalyuta offers a comparative analysis of land tenure and related practices of inheritance, land distribution and exploitation among Aztec nobility on the eve of Spanish conquest and aftermath. The talk explores distinctions of elite land tenure in two main centers of Aztec empire-Tenochtitlan and Tetzcoco.
Finding the Antipodes (Day 2)
Scholars gather at this 2-day symposium to discuss the history and cartography of the Arctic and the Antarctic, including the modern mapping of the poles that highlights dramatic changes during the last five decades. (Day 2)
Interview with Michael Wilpers & Musicians from Marlboro
A discussion about the Marlboro Music Festival, Musicians from Marlboro, and the longtime relationship between the Freer Gallery and the Library of Congress, featuring the Smithsonian's Michael Wilpers, Anne McLean of the Library of Congress, cellist Marcy Rosen, violinist David McCarroll, and violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron.
Strickland v. Washington Conference: Panel II
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 "The Significance of Strickland: The High Stakes of Failing to Ensure the Effective Assistance of Counsel." The panelists included prominent district and state attorneys, appellate judges, law professors and experts from legal...
Baseball Americana Symposium 2009
The second part of this symposium brings together panelists who discuss the different aspects of baseball in America. Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is featured as well as a rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game."
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Alstrom, Ed - Banks, Ernie - Ceresi, Frank - Cook, Murray - Dickson, Paul - Dierker, Larry - Frank, Russell - Hillerich, John - Johnson, Mamie - Katz, Harry L. - Kraig, Bruce - Reyburn, Susan - Smith, Claire - American Folklife Center - Library of Congress. Publishing Office - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
Women in Science and Engineering
To honor women who have taken the lead in the environmental or "green" movement, the National Women's History Project chose "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet" as the 2009 theme for National Women's History Month. In celebration, a panel discussion on "Women in Science and Engineering" was held at the Library. The moderator and featured panelist was Carol Burger, associate professor in...
Caesarism in Democratic Politics: Reflections on Max Weber
President Emeritus of Stanford University Gerhard Casper, who recently occupied the Chair of American Law and Governance in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, talks about Caesarism in democratic politics. Casper believes that the concept of Caesarism, political absolutism or dictatorship, was of considerable importance to Max Weber, the German political economist and sociologist considered to be one of the...
"Justice" by Roger Reynolds
Composer Roger Reynolds' operatic work "Justice," commissioned for the celebration of the Library's Bicentennial in 2000, was performed in the Great Hall of the Library's Jefferson Building. Written for actress, soprano, percussionist, multichannel computer sound and real-time surround sound, "Justice" is based on the Greek tragedy of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. The text was adapted from "Aeschylus and Euripides." All three performers-actress, soprano and percussionist...
Topic Maps: The Inventor's Perspective on Subject-based Access
Steven Newcomb and Michel Biezunski both work for Coolheads Consulting, a consultancy specializing in semantic analysis, subject-based information integration, and the actual creation and maintenance of topic maps for clients in government, industry, and academia. Dr. Newcomb spoke about the conceptual foundations of the Topic Maps paradigm. Dr. Biezunski spoke about his vision on what the next step should be in applying the abstract...
The Druze Heritage: Part III
The Druze are a thousand-year-old religious community of the Middle East, whose members today live primarily in Lebanon, Syria and Israel, while others have emigrated to the United States, Europe and Africa. Their historical and intellectual legacy was examined by 10 scholars from the U.S. and Middle East who participated in a symposium at the Library of Congress. The event was sponsored by the...
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A Modern Queen in a Traditional Role
H.R.H. Queen of Buganda Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda presented "A Modern Queen in a Traditional Role" in a program sponsored by the African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. Nagginda described her work as a traditional ruler and the work of the charitable foundation she established, the Nnabagereka Development Trust.
Reflections from South Africa: Libraries and Society Change
Ellen R. Tise, president-elect (2007-2009) of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), gave an informative presentation on the transformation of libraries and the library profession in South Africa titled "Reflections from South Africa: Libraries and Societal Change." The lunchtime program opened up the Library of Congress' African American History Month celebration.
A Wrinkle in Time: 2012 National Book Festival
At the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Hope Larson, Anita Silvey and Leonard Marcus discuss the classic book "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle upon its 50th anniversary.
Press Conference Celebrating One Millionth Page in Chroniclin...
The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities today marked a major milestone in their partnership to digitize historic U.S. newspapers and make them widely available to the public on the Internet. During an event held at the Newseum, Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, announced that the Chronicling America website--a free, national, searchable database...
Conferral of the 6th Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study...
The 6th John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity was awarded to Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor at this ceremony. The Kluge Prize celebrates the importance of the study of humanity and recognizes individuals whose outstanding scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has shaped both public affairs and civil society.
Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor Opening Ceremony
The Library of Congress opened its 10-week exhibition "Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor," which features the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, the great charter of rights and liberties, one of only four surviving copies of the original issue in 1215. HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, cut the ribbon in the exhibition gallery and spoke briefly during the opening ceremony in the Great Hall of...
Conservation Science & the Daguerreotype
Tracing the history of the daguerreotype from Paris to Philadelphia, this lecture explores the various improvements made to Daguerre's process and the ways in which it was used, examines the importance of Robert Cornelius as an American photographer, explains the history and ethics of conservation treatment and expands upon why conservation science-based research is necessary for the long-term preservation of our earliest national photographic...
Wetzel, Rachel K.
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....
National Anthem Remix Panel Discussion
The Library's stacks include a trove of arrangements of our national anthem, including Stravinsky's "The Star-Spangled Banner," and "Ode to the Star-Spangled Banner" by Ferde Grofé. This panel discusses the history and value of revamping one of our most provocative songs. Panelists include Matt Spivey (vice president of artistic operations, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Loras John Schissel (music division, Library of Congress), Neil Grauer (assistant...
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Cynthia Leitich Smith developed an interest in writing children's literature at a young age. She was "Dear Gabby" for her sixth grade newspaper, and she edited her junior high and high school newspapers. Following graduation from journalism school at the University of Kansas and from Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, she began writing fiction. She is recipient of the 2001 Wordcraft Circle Award...
Commercializing University Research - Theats and Opportunitie...
There is much debate about the growth of commercialization of academic research results. Does it threaten a university's principal mission? The topic was discussed in a lecture and panel discussion titled "Commercializing University Research -- Threats and Opportunities: The Oxford University Model" in a program sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center; Science, Technology & Business Division; and the American Philosophical Society with support...
Broadway Composers Concert: Jeanine Tesori, Steven Lutvak & D...
Three of Broadway's most popular musical creators -- Steven Lutvak, Jeanine Tesori and David Yazbek -- perform their own work in an intimate evening of music. Special guests include Catherine Walker, Jacqueline Echols, Joshua Henry, Dean Sharenow and Mike Chiavaro. Part of the Library's Songs of America project.
Japanese Influences in 20th Century American Music
The history of the cross-cultural interaction between American composers and Japan is documented in unpublished and published scores, manuscripts, and correspondence held, often uniquely, in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. In this lecture, W. Anthony Sheppard examines examples of this relationship in the works of Henry Eichheim (1870-1942), Claude Lapham (1890-1957), Henry Cowell (1897-1965), and Roger Reynolds (b. 1934)who each traveled...
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Assyrian Culture in the Middle East and in Diaspora
Fadi Davood from the University of Toronto presented "Of Patriarchates and their place in Assyrian Identity." Alda Benjamen from the University of Pennsylvania Museum & Smithsonian Institution presented "Between Negotiation and Resistance: Baghdadi Assyrian intellectuals (1970s-1980s)." Eden Naby presented "Preservation of Aramaic through Word and Music." Third of three sessions in a daylong symposium.
The Ancient City of Tyre: Evening Event
Following upon a day-long sympoisum on the ancient city of Tyre, an evening event included speeches, a display of books on the city of Tyre and presentation of awards.
An Africa Themed Story: Ifroma Onyefulu & Caroline Quandt
Ifeoma Onyefulu read from her books "Deron Goes to Nursery School," and "A is for Africa," and told a traditional story called "The Great Eating Competition" at a story time event for infants and toddlers at the Library's Young Readers Center. Onyefulu joined Caroline Quandt to lead games and music reflecting her Nigerian heritage.
Rodgers & Hammerstein: It Might as Well Be Spring
In the third episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress, Michael Feinstein examines the creative process of songwriting via "It Might as Well Be Spring" from the film "State Fair," which won an Academy Award for Best Song. Produced by special arrangement with Imagem/Williamson Music Inc.
Authors, Attribution & Integrity 1: Overview of Moral Rights
This introductory discussion focused on several topics, including the historical development of moral rights (including international treaty obligations), how moral rights differ from economic rights--philosophically, legally, and practically for authors, and a brief comparative overview of other countries' frameworks for moral rights and their effectiveness. The official transcript of this event has been published by the George Mason Journal of International Commercial Law. The...
The Struggle for Fairness: National Origin Quotas and the Imm...
On the 50th anniversary of Immigration Amendments Act of 1965, Ruth Wasem discusses the history of the legislative drive to end race- and nationality-based immigration, from World War II to the passage of the Act, and the importance of the effort in defining the nation that America is today. Following the lecture, two distinguished scholars of immigration, Susan F. Martin and Marta Tienda, provide...
When Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder and ...
Between December 16, 1811, and late April 1812, a catastrophic series of earthquakes shook the Mississippi Valley. Towns were destroyed, an 18-mile-long lake was created and even the Mississippi River temporarily ran backwards. In his book, journalist Jay Feldman examines the quakes' remarkable physical power and the resulting social, political and military upheavals.
Afghan Media Resource Center Gift to the Library of Congress
The Afghan Media Resource Center has given the Library of Congress 48 hard drives worth of audio, video and photographic footage, content and culturally unique materials on Afghanistan. These materials were presented by Haji Sayed Daud to Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao.
Author David Baldacci talks about his work at the 2002 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Jews and Shoes
Shoes are an integral part of Jewish material culture according to Edna Nahshon, author of "Jews and Shoes" (Berg Publishers, 2008). The book takes a fresh look at the makings and meanings of shoes, cobblers and barefootedness in Jewish experience. The book shows how shoes convey theological, social and economic concepts, and as such are intriguing subjects for inquiry within a wide range of...
Golden Moments in Sports
Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ron Barr has interviewed some of the most legendary sports figures in the history of athletic competition, including John Wooden, Dale Earnhardt, Mickey Mantle, R.A. Dickey, Willie Mays, Bill Russell, Bonnie Blair, Jim Brown and Joe Frazier. Barr brings his charismatic interview style to a unique roundtable discussion of his historic conversations and the Library's acquisition of the Sports Byline archive....
Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
Legendary musician Graham Nash, founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies, speaks about his candid and riveting new autobiography "Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life."
The Enduring Value of Magna Carta
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." Speakers included Roberta I. Shaffer (Library of Congress, ret.), Jonathan Jacobs (City University of New York) and William C. Hubbard (American...
Underdog Politics: Understanding the House Minority Party
In his discussion of his new book, Matthew N. Green disputes the belief that the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives is of little importance. Studying the record of the House minority party from 1970 to the present and using other quantitative and qualitative data, Green shows the House minority party's influence on legislative and political outcomes and demonstrates that the party's...
Green, Matthew N.
Library's Map Treasures are Highlighted in "Cartographia"
Maps are a visual record of human endeavor, each with a tale to tell. In their various forms, maps are models of time, diaries of political maneuverings and works of art that provide a unique vision of how the world evolved. Vincent Virga and co-author Ron Grim discussed "Cartographia" as part of the Library's Books & Beyond author series sponsored by the Center for...
The New Deal Legacy and Contemporary Scholarship, Part 2
The "New Deal" Franklin Delano Roosevelt had promised the American people began to take shape immediately after his inauguration on March 4, 1933. The multi-faceted social, cultural and fiscal recovery program aimed to reform and reinvigorate national life, and to end the Great Depression. Many New Deal administrators believed that art could be a part of the daily lives of all Americans, not just...
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Various - Brannan, Beverly W. - Birney, Alice L. (Alice Lotvin) - Breiseth, Christopher Neri - Camp, Charles - Clark, Robert William - Cleary, Beth M. - Cole, John Young - Dimunation, Mark G. - Gottesman, Laura - Kalin, Andrea - Katzman, Laura - Kazin, Michael - Kerst, Catherine Hiebert - McDannell, Colleen - Morgan, Mindy J. - Peatross, C. Ford - Rachleff, Peter J. - Remsberg, Rich - Sapoznik, Henry - Tidwell, John Edgar - Wiltsey, Tom - Zvonchenko, Walter - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Library of Congress - National New Deal Preservation Association - United States. National Archives and Records Administration
There Are No Fears
Yevgeny Yevtushenko recited his poetry in both English and Russian in a program titled" There Are No Fears". Yevtushenko is a poet, novelist, film maker and professor of literature and cinema.
Alan Lomax Road Show Oral History
Tom Harvey discusses the music from the collections of Alan Lomax with The Down Hill Strugglers and John Cohen, who play traditional American music they have learned directly from the collections at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
A Slave in the White House
Elizabeth Dowling Taylor has used correspondence, legal documents and journal entries rarely seen before to write "A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons."
Digital Preservation Lighting Talks - Day 2
Four "lightning" presentations on Day Two of the Digital Preservation 2014 meeting included "Visual Haggard and Digitizing Illustration" (Kate Halterhoff, Carnegie-Mellon University), "DuraSpace and Chronopolis Partner to Build a Long-term Access and Preservation Platform" (Michele Kimpton, DuraSpace), "Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications: Encouraging Preservation Without Discouraging Creation" (Theron Westervelt, Library of Congress) and "Electronic Records and Digital Archivists: A Landscape Review" (Jane Zhang,...
Author Renée Watson
Renée Watson read from and discussed the creation of her book, "Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills," with third grade students and compared the challenges she faced in her competitive career with those of her real-life protagonist, singer Florence Mills. The program in the Library's Young Readers Center was co-sponsored by the nonprofit literacy organization, EverybodyWinsDC.
Acquisition of David Seymour's Spanish Civil War Photos
This program observes the 103rd anniversary of the birth of David Seymour, whose pen name is CHIM, one of the best-known photojournalists of the 20th century, and celebrates the donation of 112 of his photographs, primarily showing the Spanish Civil War.
When Insider Trading Was Legal
The United States has stricter laws than any nation against insider trading in financial markets, but the earliest of these laws date only from 1909. Prior, stock and commodities exchanges governed themselves with minimal external oversight. Mark Geiger presents a close-up view of member relationships and business practices within the Chicago Board of Trade during the later 19th century when rival groups of exchange...
The Maltese Falcon at 75
To mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon," literary scholar and Hammett specialist Richard Layman presented an informal talk, "The Maltese Falcon at 75." The event was organized by the LC's Center for the Book and cosponsored by the Mystery Writers of America. "The Maltese Falcon," published in 1930, featured detective Sam Spade. In the introduction to his...