James Madison & the Social Utility of Religion: Risks vs. Rewards
James Hudson discussed the role of religion in the life of James Madison at this a symposium celebrating the 250th anniversary of Madison's birth. Thomas Jefferson overshadowed his close friend and coadjutor James Madison in many ways, but in one, at least, Madison was demonstrably superior to his Monticello neighbor--in his ability to keep his religious views private. He divulged so much about so ...
Hutson, James H.
Nobel Laureate Herta Müller
The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, presented a reading and discussion withNobel Laureate Herta Müller, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009. The event which was co-sponsored by the Poetry and Literature Center and the European Division of the Library of Congress included a reading by Müller, who is a novelist, poet and essayist, and a discussion moderated by ...
Celebrating The American Archive of Public Broadcasting
Festivities celebrating an unprecedented and historic collection of American public radio and television content, dating back through the 1950s, that will be permanently preserved and made available to the public through a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH Boston. Speakers included Patricia Harrison, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, Patricia Cahill, Bruce Ramer, Jon Abbott and Hon. Edward Markey.
Constitution-Making in the Western Hemisphere (Spanish)
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela hosted the third of three panels on "Creating Freedom in the Americas, 1776-1825." Participants are historians from the U.S., Latin America, and Spain. Presentations by the panelists are discussed by commentators and by the audience. (Spanish language version)
Great conversations: the conductors: Mstislav Rostropovich
videorecording | 1 digibeta videotape; duration: 45 min., 35 sec. | In a series of three one-on-one discussions, the Russian-born Mstislav Rostropovich, Indian-born Zubin Mehta, and James Conlon, a native of New York City, converse about leadership and inspiration on the podium, their views about the influence of European classical music on American music, and the influence of American popular music on other cultures. ...
Peter Rosen Productions, Inc - Istomin, Eugene - Rostropovich, Mstislav - Rosen, Peter - Warshaw, Hilan
Photos of F. Holland Day: Developing a Materials-Based Catalog Raisonne
The Library holds the largest collection of photographs by F. Holland Day in the world, a gift from his estate spanning his career and comprising six hundred and ninety prints. The methodology for acquiring material information and the results of paper texture analysis, a new technique in field of conservation, as well as new findings pertaining to Day's working methods are discussed.
Amish Resources at the Library of Congress
Paul Connor, reference specialist in the Local History & Genealogy Reading Room, draws on the Library's extensive resources in Amish Studies to discuss the unique history and culture of Amish Americans.
The Druze Heritage: Part I
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 ...
Calefax Reed Quintet
A performance by the Calefax Reed Quintet, including Ockeghem's "Mort, tu as navré de ton dart", Franck's "Prélude, fugue et variation, op. 18", Selected Studies for Player Piano by Nancarrow, Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op. 28" and Selections from Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues, op. 87.
Calefax Reed Quintet
MacDowell Colony Poets
Six poets who served residencies at the MacDowell Colony are featured in readings by Stephen Dunn, Peter Klappert and Kathy Mangan. These poets also read a sampling of poems by three past Poet Laureates who attended MacDowell: Louise Bogan, Anthony Hecht and Stanley Kunitz.
Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation
Analyst and renowned terrorism expert Gabriel Weimann discussed his new book "Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation." Weimann has been in the forefront of tracking terrorist movements online since the late 1990s. His recent research has brought attention to the fastest emerging form of terrorism, the "lone wolf," a person who commits acts in support of some group, movement or ideology, but does so ...
City Space as a Vicious Circle: Visual Design in Béla Tarr's "Man from London"
Hungarian film production designer László Rajk spoke about how he created the set design of "Man from London," the ideas and symbolism behind it, and how it was actually put into place. He discussed the dilemmas a designer faces about how to realize a story/visual concept, and the hidden dialog between the film director and the production designer.
China, Africa, and the African Diaspora: Perspectives
Part of a series of programs to mark the 50th anniversary of the African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, Dr. Sharon Freeman discusses her latest book, "China, Africa, and the African Diaspora: Perspectives."
What's in a Name? The Ghetto Comes to America
The term "ghetto" was first applied to overcrowded Jewish quarters in late nineteenth-century American cities like New York and Chicago. Over the course of the next century the word was thoroughly Americanized and primarily associated with urban segregation in the United States. Daniel Schwartz illustrates the word's diverse history, use and meaning.
Hear, O Israel: Yiddish-American Radio 1925-1955
While all other aspects of Yiddish culture existed wherever Ashkenazic Jews lived, it was only in America that radio realized its greatest and most fulfilling use by and for Jews. Yiddish scholar Henry Sapoznik discusses and shares some of the most memorable and powerful moments in this nearly lost world of ethnic American broadcasting. By exploring amazingly broad category of Yiddish radio shows -- ...
Sapoznik, Henry - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Former Sen. Bob Dole, ABC News Correspondent Sam Donaldson, Sen. Chuck Hagel, Vice Admiral Patricia A. Tracey, Rep. Charles B. Rangel and Humorist Christopher Buckley participated in an event which launched an historic book giveaway of the first Armed Services Edition (ASE) in 55 years -- a condensed paper bound edition of Andrew Carrolls New York times bestseller, War ...
Founder's Day Concert: Party Like It's 1587
A tribute to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge's commitment to fostering performance of Renaissance music in the United States, this evening's triple bill sampled some of the most popular trends and performance styles from the period. The party begins as combined brass choirs of the U.S. Navy Band exult antiphonal music by Italian composers Giovanni Gabrieli and Carlo Gesualdo. On their shawms, sackbuts, dulcians, bagpipes and ...