Young Learners Explore Library of Congress Images
This presentation describes research-informed strategies to foster early childhood and primary grade students' multiple literacies through the developmentally appropriate use of primary sources from the Library of Congress.
The Surprising History of Bird Feeding
Paul Baicich and Margaret Barker discussed their book, "Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation," written with colleague Carrol Henderson.
Why Literature Matters: 2015 National Book Festival
In an age that would argue that more vital priorities prevail, why does literature matter? Three very different thinkers (Jane Hirshfield, Azar Nafisi and Jeffrey Brown) came together at the 2015 National Book Festival to talk about the transformational power of the imagination and how it speaks to the most vibrant questions of our time: revolution, dissent, success, failure, abundance, poverty, war, community and ...
El Secreto de Artemisa y Otras Historias
Author Gerardo Piña Rosales discussed his latest book, "El Secreto de Artemisa y Otras Historias." Carmen Benito Vessels of the University of Maryland, poet Luis Alberto Ambroggio and Alberto Avendaño of the Washington Post offered commentary. (Spanish)
Eugenia Tarzibachi presented her research on the connections between traditional narratives of gender and the commercial dissemination and consumption of disposable menstrual products. Drawing on advertisements, first-person accounts, interviews and educational materials, Tarzibachi critically examines the similarities between the United States and Argentina at specific historical conjunctures between 1920 and 1980.
Golden Crown Literary Society Author Spotlight
Authors Jewelle Gomez ("The Gilda Stories"), Ann McMan ("Backcast"), Melissa Brayden ("First Position") and Marie Castle ("The Devil You Know") read from their work and lead a discussion on lesbian literature.
Various Speakers - Royal Harmonizers - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Library of Congress. Music Division - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
Conversation with Nick Kitchen & Gunther Schuller
Violinist Nicholas Kitchen of the Borromeo String Quartet and composer Gunther Schuller discuss Schuller's compositions, including String Quartet no.4, which was performed as part of the 2011 Stradivari Anniversary Concert at the Library.
El Niño: A NASA Perspective
Steven Pawson discussed how NASA uses computer models to build up a complete three-dimensional picture of El Niño in the ocean and atmosphere.
Wagner's "Gleaming Sword": The Helen Traubel Collection
James Wintle shares annotated scores, never-before-shared photographs, and other items from the archives of Helen Traubel, American opera and concert singer best known for her Wagnerian roles, especially those of Brünnhilde and Isolde. Presented during the 2016 Washington National Opera production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.
George, Scott Edward - Mooney, Carolyn
Mahan Esfahani, Harpsichord Concert
Leading international harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani played works by Kuhnau, J.S. Bach, W.F. Bach and C.P.E. Bach in commemoration of C.P.E. Bach's 300th birthday.
Václav Havel's Legacy Today (Part 1)
A special conference commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and its key figure, Václav Havel, who later became president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. Speakers included Michael Zantovsky, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Sen. John McCain.
Hilja Grönfors Trio: Collecting Roma Music in Finland
Award-winning singer Hilja Grönfors, the "Jewel of Finnish Roma Music," has traveled thousands of miles to collect Roma songs from different regions of Finland. The work of Grönfors, Kiureli Sammallahti and Valtteri Bruun capture the memories and songs of the Roma people whose lives were lived in the shadow of prejudice and oppression.
Homeplace Mississippi: A Cultural Journey
To celebrate the recent acquisition of his work and to discuss his experiences in the 1970s as well as talk about his on-going work documenting life and culture in contemporary Mississippi, Michael Ford joins American Folklife Center archivist Todd Harvey for a program highlighting his work.
Magnifying the Universe
Jane Rigby demonstrated how scientists study parts of the distant universe with the use of natural telescopes (a natural phenomenon known as gravitational lensing) in conjunction with the largest telescopes on or off the Earth.
Rural Education and Development Nepal (READ Nepal) provides access to books by establishing community libraries in villages across Nepal. READ Nepal's Practical Answers Program collects questions on topics such as law, health care, and farming, and creates print materials that answer these questions in an accessible format, offering people an incentive to read.
Bahadur Khatri, Chhatra
The Audacity of Hopekirk
A lecture-recital featuring a rare performance of Helen Hopekirk's "Five Songs on Poems of Fiona MacLeod," published in 1904. Helen Hopekirk was an accomplished Scottish concert pianist and composer who immigrated to the U.S. in 1897 to teach at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. A collection of her manuscripts is housed in the Library of Congress. The songs are settings of ...