The Ongoing Composition of Rhapsody in Blue
Musicologist Ryan Banagale reconsidered the compositional history of George Gershwin's most famous work from its moment of inception through the present day, using a variety of source manuscripts housed in the Music Division at the Library of Congress.
Banagale, Ryan Raul
Will There Be Peace Again? Some Aspects of Vietnamese Representations of the Vietnam War and its Aftermath
For more than a decade literary works by Vietnamese veterans and civilians have been published in the United States. These can be classified into various groups: those written by North Vietnamese and South Vietnamese, communists and anti-communists, Vietnamese living in Vietnam and Vietnamese-Americans. In all these categories -- which are themselves fluid -- the one common thread is the Vietnam/American war and its aftermath. ...
Curtis Contemporary Music Ensemble
Young artists from one of the nation's top conservatories celebrate the centennial of Samuel Barber. The program includes the Violin Sonata; "Dover Beach" for string quartet and baritone; "Hermit Songs" (Library of Congress commission); "Summer Music" for woodwind quintet; and, the Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26, for piano.
And Is All This Stuff Really Digital After All?
Brian Cantwell Smith is dean of the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto and author of "On the Origin of Objects." He combines degrees in computer science and philosophy and is an expert on the interdisciplinary convergence brought about by digitization.
Smith, Brian Cantwell
Iranian Jewry: From Past To Present (Afternoon Session)
The Jews of Iran comprise not only one of the oldest populations of Jews in the world, but also one of the most ancient threads in the diverse fabric of the ancient Iranian community. Beginning with the Achaemenid period (550-330 B.C.) and lasting beyond the emigration of a portion of Iran's Jewish population to the United States and Israel in the late 1970s, Jews ...
The Anchiskhati Ensemble with Ethnomusicologist John Graham
The Anchiskhati Ensemble of Tbilisi, Georgia, present a program of Easter and Lenten music from the Orthodox paschal cycle in Georgia, introduced by Dr. John A. Graham of Yale University. In addition to unaccompanied polyphonic chants from the Paschal cycle, the performance includes several para-liturgical songs from the folk repertory, accompanied by traditional instruments such as the goatskin bagpipe (chiboni) and a four-string lute ...
An Empire for a King: The Conquest of Algeria at Louis-Philippe's Versailles
Versailles is best known today as the palace of Louis XIV, but in the 19th century, the chateau had another life as a museum of national history. The history museum's galleries are now mostly closed to the public, but in its heyday, one of its largest and most popular sections was a suite of rooms devoted to the French conquest of Algeria. The creation ...
My Father's Paradise
Yona Sabar was born in a mud hut in the remote Kurdish region of Northern Iraq. Protected by towering mountains, the Jews of Zakho lived peacefully among Muslims and Christians for hundreds of years. But in the late 1940s, the outside world came crashing in, and Yona would be the last boy in Zakho to become a bar mitzvah. Yona's son Ariel Sabar discussed ...
Gala: 2010 National Book Festival
The night before the 10th Anniversary of the National Book Festival, the Library of Congress hosted a gala honoring the festival authors and illustrators. The authors' program included remarks by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington; David M. Rubenstein, who with Dr. Billington co-chairs the National Book Festival Board; authors Isabel Allende, Ken Follett, Natasha Trethewey and Gordon S. Wood; and Congressman John B. ...
Connecting American Indian & Federal Libraries: Native American Research & Resources
Presentations on the American Indian Library Initiative (AILI) of FEDLINK, the Federal Library and Information Network. AILI identifies and establishes federal networks of value to American Indian libraries. These include preservation, digitization, cataloging, reference services, event and training opportunities on core information services and access to existing federal resources in legal and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) knowledge collections. The program featured a ...
Israeli Comics of Past & Present
Drawing both from Judeo-European and American cultures, comics have been a mainstay of Israeli newspapers and readers' markets since the early 1930s. Ofer Berenstein discusses these comics, little known outside the Middle East, that open an interesting window into Israeli society, past and present.
Chesapeake Bay from Space: New Views of a National Treasure
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) studies Earth from space, and the Chesapeake Bay is an important part of NASA research. Changes in the waters of the bay and on the land nearby are generating questions about the sustainability of current land-use practices. NASA scientist Eric Brown de Colstoun discusses this research.