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    Afghan Women's Stories: the Problematics of Cover Afghan women in burkas have become iconic representations of women's oppression in western media, but this representation is contested in various ways by Afghan women and men. The most common observation by Afghan women activists is that we westerners should get over it, that the burka, hot, uncomfortable and inconvenient as it is, is certainly not their most pressing problem. It has even proved ...
    • Contributor: Mills, Margaret - Mills, Margaret Ann - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2007-09-19
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    Borderlines/Borderlands: Culture and the Canadian-U.S. International Boundary: Panels 4, 5 & 6 Borderlines/ Borderlands: Culture and the Canada-US International Boundary, a free symposium featuring leading Canadian and US scholars, which will explore the history and culture of regions, communities and their residents along the Canada-U.S. border. Panel 4: Cultural Manifestations of the Border includes Laurie Ricou speaking on "Border Songs of Cascadia: Rain, Rivering, and Raven in the Pacific Northwest" and Nora Foster Stoval on "'American ...
    • Contributor: Arenson, Adam - Carter, Brian - Champ, Henry - Diamond, Beverley - Dyster, Paul A. - Faid, Julian - Fischer, David Hackett - Konrad, Victor A. - Lynch, Timothy G. - Matthiesen, Birgit ... Arenson, Adam - Carter, Brian - Champ, Henry - Diamond, Beverley - Dyster, Paul A. - Faid, Julian - Fischer, David Hackett - Konrad, Victor A. - Lynch, Timothy G. - Matthiesen, Birgit - Meer, Mark - Ricou, Laurence - Robson, Patrick J. - Stovel, Nora Foster - Taft, Michael - Tarbell, Reaghan - Taylor, David Alan - Widdis, Randy W. (Randy William) - Winick, Stephen D. - American Folklife Center - Canada. Embassy (U.S.) - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-06-16
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    Revolutionaries, Nursery Rhymes, and Edison Wax Cylinders: The Remarkable Tale of the Earliest Korean Sound Recordings On July 24, 1896, the pioneering ethnologist Alice Fletcher recorded six wax cylinders documenting the singing of three Koreans who were studying in Washington, D.C. Now housed in the American Folklife Center Archive, these cylinders have proved to be the earliest known recordings of Korean music. As interesting as the recordings themselves, are the extraordinary circumstances surrounding how they came to be made, as ...
    • Contributor: Provine, Robert - Provine, Robert C. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-01-27
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    The Stations that Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish-American Cultural Renaissance (Day 1) Leading Yiddish language and culture experts joined media scholars and Library of Congress specialists to address Yiddish radio in America: its history and cultural impact, its continuing influence on American media, and its multifaceted legacy. (Day 1)
    • Contributor: Various - Apelbaum, Laura Cohen - Barton, Matthew - Gevinson, Alan - Goldsmith, Emanuel S. - Gottesman, Itzik Nakhmen - Hoog, Ann - Isaacs, Miriam - Jochnowitz, Eve - Joselit, Jenna Weissman ... Various - Apelbaum, Laura Cohen - Barton, Matthew - Gevinson, Alan - Goldsmith, Emanuel S. - Gottesman, Itzik Nakhmen - Hoog, Ann - Isaacs, Miriam - Jochnowitz, Eve - Joselit, Jenna Weissman - Mayrent, Sherry L. - Newman, Roberta - Pearlstein, Peggy K. - Rein, David M. - Russo, Alexander - Sapoznik, Henry - Seigel, Amanda - Sokolow, Pete - Taub, Yermiyahu Ahron - Ticktin, Max D. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Yiddish of Greater Washington Inc - University of Wisconsin. Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture
    • Date: 2012-09-06
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    Cultural Democracy in a Time of Diminished Resources Simply stated, "Cultural Democracy" is the notion that everybody's heritage and cultural expression is worthwhile and deserving of an equitable share of whatever resources are available. In recent years, Cultural Democracy has also gained traction as a descriptor for the whole realm of participatory, community-centered arts activities, practiced by millions of Americans everyday in their homes, backyards, public parks, places of worship, schools -- ...
    • Contributor: Graves, James Bau - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-07-22
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    Work & Transformation: Panels 5, 6 & 7 This symposium featured presentations by the 2010 recipients of the American Folklife Center's Archie Green Fellowships on their research and documentation of the culture and traditions of American workers in New York, Idaho, and Louisiana. Panels also included representatives of community-based documentation projects supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services concerning the role of America's libraries and museums as vibrant centers for ...
    • Contributor: Barr, Christina L. - Boone, Mary L. - Bulger, Peggy A. - Chute, Mary L. - Cohn, D'vera - Correa, Jennifer - D'abate, Richard - Deloach, Lynda - Dewhurst, C. Kurt - Greenhouse, Steven ... Barr, Christina L. - Boone, Mary L. - Bulger, Peggy A. - Chute, Mary L. - Cohn, D'vera - Correa, Jennifer - D'abate, Richard - Deloach, Lynda - Dewhurst, C. Kurt - Greenhouse, Steven - Groen, Jeffrey A. - Iyengar, Sunil - Loughran, Maureen - McCarl, Robert - Popovich, Mark G. - Ray, Joyce M. - Rogers, Nancy E. - Rothstein, Donna S. (Donna Suzann) - Semmel, Marsha L. - Spitzer, Nicholas R. - Tabb, Derrick - Taft, Michael - Taylor, David Alan - Winick, Stephen D. - Wunder, Steve R. - Zeitlin, Steven J. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.) - Archie Green Fund for Labor Culture & History
    • Date: 2010-12-07
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    Force and Violins: What the FBI Had on Folksingers Among the sufferings of those pursued during the McCarthy era, the situation of folksingers and folklorists was unique. Suspected by their government, they were hunted by the FBI almost everywhere. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, one can now know the extent of privacy crimes committed against Pete Seeger and other folklorists. For more than 20 years, the FBI and CIA conducted surveillance ...
    • Contributor: Dunaway, David - Dunaway, David King - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-03-19
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    Borderlines/Borderlands: Culture and the Canadian-U.S. International Boundary: Panel 1 and Keynote Address The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Embassy of Canada together with the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec join in welcoming the public to Borderlines/ Borderlands: Culture and the Canada-US International Boundary, a free symposium featuring leading Canadian and US scholars, which explored the history and culture of regions, communities, and their residents along the Canada-U.S. border. The ...
    • Contributor: Arenson, Adam - Carter, Brian - Champ, Henry - Diamond, Beverley - Dyster, Paul A. - Faid, Julian - Fischer, David Hackett - Konrad, Victor A. - Lynch, Timothy G. - Matthiesen, Birgit ... Arenson, Adam - Carter, Brian - Champ, Henry - Diamond, Beverley - Dyster, Paul A. - Faid, Julian - Fischer, David Hackett - Konrad, Victor A. - Lynch, Timothy G. - Matthiesen, Birgit - Meer, Mark - Ricou, Laurence - Robson, Patrick J. - Stovel, Nora Foster - Taft, Michael - Tarbell, Reaghan - Taylor, David Alan - Widdis, Randy W. (Randy William) - Winick, Stephen D. - American Folklife Center - Canada. Embassy (U.S.) - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-06-15
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    An-Sky Ensemble Oral History Members of the An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble, who are performers as well as researchers of Yiddish music, discuss their history.
    • Contributor: An-Sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble
    • Date: 2013-06-25
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    Laborlore: Social Justice, the Environment and the Ethics of Collaboration The panel examines the work that the participants have done in mining communities in the US South and West by beginning with a consideration of pioneer scholar George Korson, one of the most prolific collectors and publishers of mining folksong, folklore and cultural history. By linking Korson's focus on local economic and political concerns to larger global environmental and human rights issues in contemporary ...
    • Contributor: Various - Alvarez, Maribel L - Ardery, Julia S. - Cannon, Hal - Dickens, Hazel - Eff, Elaine - Fleischhauer, Carl - Glaser-Church, Susan - Johnson, Paula J. - Lane, James "petey," ... Various - Alvarez, Maribel L - Ardery, Julia S. - Cannon, Hal - Dickens, Hazel - Eff, Elaine - Fleischhauer, Carl - Glaser-Church, Susan - Johnson, Paula J. - Lane, James "petey," - Lewis, Anne - McCarl, Robert - McNeil, Bryan T. - Munoz, Michael S. - Purkey, Elaine - Roediger, David R. - Seeger, Mike - Spitzer, Nicholas R. - Wilson, Joe - Archie Green Fund for Labor Culture & History - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2007-08-16
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    Reverb Gospel/inspirational harmony group Reverb performs as part of the Library's celebration of African American History Month. The concert was also part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
    • Contributor: Reverb Ensemble - Reverb (Vocal Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2007-02-07
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    Rich Remsberg: Hard Luck Blues: Roots Music from the Great Depression Showcasing American music and music making during the Great Depression, "Hard Luck Blues" presents more than 200 photographs created by the New Deal's Farm Security Administration photography program. With an appreciation for the amateur and the local, FSA photographers depicted a range of musicians sharing the regular music of everyday life, from informal songs in migrant work camps, farmers' homes, barn dances, and on ...
    • Contributor: Remsberg, Rich - Library of Congress. Center for the Book - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-06-02
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    Take Me Out to the Library of Congress Librarian of Congress James H. Billington kicks off the Library's Baseball Americana Symposium with the help of Martha Madden, Ernie Banks and Rep. Zach Wamp. Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is presented with the Living Legend Award given by the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Alstrom, Ed - Banks, Ernie - Ceresi, Frank - Cook, Murray - Dickson, Paul - Dierker, Larry - Frank, Russell - Hillerich, John - Johnson, Mamie - Katz, Harry L. ... 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)
    • Date: 2009-09-30
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    Archie Green Memorial: Remembering Archie The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress hosted a two-day event including a tribute, a symposium, and a concert, honoring folklorists Archie Green and Joe Wilson, and celebrating the acquisition of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) Collection by the Center's archive. The multifaceted event featured spoken tributes, musical performances, panel discussions, and rare glimpses at archival treasures, and was ...
    • Contributor: Ferris, William R. - Johnson, Paula - McCulloh, Judith - Munoz, Michael S. - Pelosi, Nancy - Wilson, Joe - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-09-10
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    Not the Same Old(Folk) Song and Dance: Field Recordings in the European Communities of the United States videorecording | videorecording; 52 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). July 27, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Barton, Matthew - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2006
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    The 78 Project: Documenting Historic Sound in the Contemporary World Since August 2011, Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright have been traveling across the United States, recording contemporary musicians on a 1930s Presto disc recorder, and filming their journey for an ongoing web series and a recently completed feature film. During this event they screened the film, "The 78 Project Movie," answered questions about the project and their experiences, and demonstrated their process as ...
    • Contributor: Wright, Lavinia Jones - Steyermark, Alex - Slaveya (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2014-09-05
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    Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University Simon J. Bronner interprets the uses of play and ritual for students in different eras to work through tough issues of their age and environment. More broadly, campus traditions are shown to function centrally in the development of American culture.
    • Contributor: Bronner, Simon J.
    • Date: 2012-08-09
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    African American History Month Celebration: National Visionary Leadership Project Showcase The Library of Congress celebrated African American History Month with its signature event--a showcase of the American Folklife Center's National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) Collection. The NVLP is a collection of oral life histories of extraordinary African American elders who have made significant contributions to American society, and the American Folklife Center is the official repository for these stories. The Library's signature event featured ...
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2008-02-22
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    Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America Polka, zydeco, and "Lady of Spain": If this is your idea of the only genres wherein the accordion flourishes, prepare to be enlightened by the history of this robust instrument's odyssey across the American musical landscape and its dramatic rise, fall, and rise again in 20th century popular culture.
    • Contributor: Jacobson, Marion - Jacobson, Marion S.
    • Date: 2012-07-12
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    Jayme Stone's Folklife A concert featuring Jayme Stone. In 2015, "Jayme Stone's Lomax Project" was released, focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, whose collections reside at the American Folklife Center. Stone brought together distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and reimagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea shanties, Sea Island spirituals, Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs ...
    • Contributor: Stone, Jayme - 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
    • Date: 2017-05-04
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    Dog Tags: History, Stories & Folklore of Military Identification The 100th anniversary of the official use of American personal identity tags, affectionately known as "dog tags," recently passed without fanfare. Dog tags are highly personal items to warriors of every service and to their families as well. Each dog tag carries its own human-interest story. The acts of receiving the dog tag, hanging it around the neck, and feeling it against the body ...
    • Contributor: Cucolo, Ginger
    • Date: 2012-01-26
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    Celebrating the Acquisition of the NCTA Collection Barry Bergey with the National Endowment for the Arts moderates a group of panelists who discuss the significance and highlights of the NCTA Collection.
    • Contributor: Wilson, Joe - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - National Council for the Traditional Arts
    • Date: 2009-09-11
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    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 ...
    • Contributor: 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 ... 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
    • Date: 2008-03-14
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    Robert Burns at 250: Poetry, Politics and Performance: Day Two, Session 2 To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, the American Folklife Center, in collaboration with the Scottish government as part of its Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebration, presented a free public symposium on Burns' life and work, as well as his impact on America and American culture. The afternoon featured a second panel discussion exploring Burns' relationship to the ...
    • Contributor: Various - Bennett, Margaret - Bulger, Peggy A. - Bold, Valentina - Cole, John Young - Cowan, Edward J. - Crawford, Robert - Edwards, Nat - Gray, Patricia H. - Kay, Billy ... Various - Bennett, Margaret - Bulger, Peggy A. - Bold, Valentina - Cole, John Young - Cowan, Edward J. - Crawford, Robert - Edwards, Nat - Gray, Patricia H. - Kay, Billy - Lambert, Marc - Miller, Ed - Newton, Cate - Ryan, Kay - Salmond, Alex - Sklarew, Myra - Winick, Stephen D. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-02-25
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    Do All Indians Live in Tipis? and Other Compelling Questions for Education Stereotypes, inaccuracies and inappropriate representations of Native Americans continue to abound in American society today. Reflecting on his 20 years of experience working in the field of American Indian education, the Edwin Schupman explores examples, causes and implications of the current state of awareness about Native peoples and issues.
    • Contributor: Schupman, Edwin - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-08-05