Retreat from Armageddon? Khrushchev, Kennedy, Johnson and the Elusive Quest for Peace
Melvyn P. Leffler, Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International Relations in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, presented a lecture titled "Retreat from Armageddon? Khrushchev, Kennedy, Johnson and the Elusive Quest for Peace." According to Leffler, there were many attempts by policymakers in both Washington and Moscow to reduce the confrontational nature of the Cold War. Leffler...
Podcast Season Closes with Poet Laureate Charles Wright
We decided to end this first season much like we began itâ with a celebratory inaugural occasion. Just three Septembers before Tracy K. Smith walked out onto the stage of the Coolidge Auditorium for the first time as Poet Laureate, Charles Wright had opened his laureateship in the same tradition. Last spring, the Poetry and Literature Center staff took a road trip down to...
Rosa Parks Collection: Telling Her Story at the Library of Congress
Highlights of the collection of Rosa Parks, a seminal figure of the Civil Rights Movement, on loan to the Library from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation for 10 years. The collection is now available online.Howard Buffett decided to purchase this special collection in 2014, when he learned that it was languishing in an auction warehouse. He wanted to bring these rare items into public...
International Literacy Day
Celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8 with the Library of Congress! This year's theme is "literacy in a digital world," and the Library has a variety of programs and resources to support and celebrate literacy.
Creating a Dynamic, Knowledge-based Democracy (afternoon session)
Afternoon session of a conference celebrating the enduring legacies of three key events that shaped America's knowledge-based democracy: passage of the Morrill Act, the founding of the National Academy of Sciences, and the founding of the Carnegie libraries. Speakers included James H. Billington, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Vartan Gregorian, Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer, Carla D. Hayden, Anthony W. Marx, David Nasaw and Arthur...
The Civil Rights History Project: Primary Sources and Oral History
History is most fascinating when we feel connected to the people who lived in the past. One way to pique student interest is by using primary sources from the Library of Congress -- letters, photographs, and oral histories -- that document real people's lives. The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress recently launched the Civil Rights History Project, a digitized collection of...
Smokey Robinson at Gershwin's Piano
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden chats with Smokey Robinson, recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, as the singer-songwriter sits at the piano of George Gerswhin at the Library of Congress.
How Do You Say "Law" in…?
As we are the Law Library of Congress, I thought it would be nice to ask staff to say the word law in their native language.
The Américas Award: Bringing Literature to Life with Primary Sources
On Friday, September 18th, 2015, the Library of Congress hosted the Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. The award, co-sponsored with the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, recognizes work that "authentically and engagingly portrays Latin Americans, Caribbeans, or Latinos in the United States." These diverse stories can be highlighted and brought to life through the use of primary sources.