Dunham Technique: "Mahi"
In 2002, with funds from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Library of Congress undertook the documentation of Katherine Dunham’s dance technique. Included in this website are clips on breathing; contractions; fall and recovery; pull-through contraction or full body roll; second position plié with footwork; second position plié with parallel stretch in fourth position; second position plié with contraction and release variations; advanced second ...
Science and Technology Policy in Japan and JST Activities
Yukio Sato, adviser and former executive director of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), discussed "Science and Technology Policy in Japan and JST Activities" in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division. JST was established in October 2003 as an independent administrative institution in Japan by integrating two quasi-government organizations, the Japan Information Center of Science and Technology and the ...
Two Thousand Flutes
An introduction to the Library's remarkable Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection: meet a few of the Library's nearly 2,000 instruments in this lecture-recital featuring flutist Lorna McGhee of the Pittsburgh Symphony, pianist Ryo Yanagitani of the S&R Foundation, and musical instrument curator Carol Lynn Ward Bamford. Produced in association with the S&R Foundation.
Katherine Dunham on the "pole through the body" in Dunham Technique
In this series of clips recorded in September 2002, Katherine Dunham speaks about her influence on American dance; dance anthropology; her anthropological films; Shango; L’Ag’Ya; the Mazouk from L’Ag’Ya; the need for a Dunham Technique; breathing in Dunham Technique; the circle of energy; the concept of the “pole through the body” in Dunham Technique; the hand in Dunham Technique; the position of the arm ...
Renewing American Culture: The Pursuit of Happiness
Theodore R. Malloch and Scott T. Massey discussed their book, "Renewing American Culture: The Pursuit of Happiness" in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book. The foreword to the book is by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who participated in a panel discussion about the volume following the presentation. The other panel members were Michael Novak, a writer and scholar, and ...
Sham battle at the Pan-American Exposition
Large arches and columns are seen surrounding a flat field. In the foreground of the field, some American Indians on horseback ride toward the camera. The Indians are wearing feathers, war paint, and are carrying frontier rifles across the bare backs of their horses. In the middle of this flat area, men dressed as U.S. Army troops in battle regalia are lined up in ...
Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Rajiv Chandrasekaran: 2015 National Book Festival
Rajiv Chandrasekaran discusses "For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice" 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.
Recent Trends in Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage
The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage dates back to only 2003. Yet it is already having a major impact, globally and within the preservation community of the United States. This movement explicitly recognizes that material culture is intertwined with ideas, memories, knowledge, skills, creativity, spirituality, emotions, traditions, and other intangible qualities. As much as possible, preservation of these intangible ...
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Emerging from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1987 under the leadership of founding patron Sir Simon Rattle, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is a global leader in the performance of new music. The program showcases the Library's rich commissioning and presenting legacies.
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Sept. 11 Documentary Project
Ann Hoog discusses the September 11, 2001 Documentary Project. This online presentation forms part of the "Witness and Response, September 11, 2001 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress" online exhibition. The video is presented on the American Folklife Center's section of the exhibit found at "Witness and Response, September 11, 2001: American Folklife Center," along with recordings of narratives, photographs of spontaneous memorials and ...
Dawn: A Journey to the Beginning of the Solar System
Lucy McFadden discussed NASA's Dawn Mission, which seeks to unlock the mysteries of planetary formation. McFadden investigates comets, asteroids and meteorites for the Planetary Systems Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and is a co-investigator on the Dawn mission to the asteroid 4 Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres.
The stenographer's friend, or, What was accomplished by an Edison business phonograph
What was accomplished by an Edison business phonograph
It's a busy day at the office, and the stenographer is exhausted from trying to keep up with the demands on her skills. Even when she stays late, she cannot catch up with all of the work. But then a man comes into the office to demonstrate the many advantages of the Edison System, his company's new business phonograph.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (Library of Congress)