John Hope Franklin: Where Do We Go from Here?
Distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, recipient of the 2006 John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity, discussed the history of the African-American experience and poses the question, "Where Do We Go from Here?" In a frank and honest discussion, he used his personal experiences to examine the successes and failures of race relations in America.
Contemporary Issues in African-American Lives: 2016 National Book Festival
Three authors discuss contemporary issues and human rights movements: Angela J. Davis, "Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor," Jabari Asim, "Only the Strong," and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, "From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation" at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Mission Italy: On the Front Line of the Cold War
Richard N. Gardner discussed his book "Mission Italy: On the Front Line of the Cold War," another in the Books & Beyond series sponsored by Center for the Book. Gardner's memoir of his years in Italy offers insights into the foreign policy of the Carter administration and into a critical turning point in Italy's history. Events during this turbulent period included the kidnapping and ...
Exploring Waldseemuller's World: Sources and Texts
Prominent scholars gathered at the Library to examine Waldseemuller's cartographic vision and to reflect on the philosophical and historical context of the map's production and reception. Experts spoke on a wide range of topics, from the history of exploration and German Humanism to the mathematical and astronomical basis of early 16th-century cartography. Using the first session on the transmission of texts as a general ...
New Ideas of Music Ownership & the Musical Life of the Kïsêdjê
The introduction of ideas taken from international intellectual property regimes to communities of indigenous peoples can lead to serious repercussions. This presentation discusses some of the results of the arrival new ideas and language about music and ceremonial ownership on central aspects of the musical, artistic, and economic life of a group of Brazilian Indians known in the literature as the Suyá, but who ...
Seeger, Anthony - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
Generations of Samoan Culture & History
Rep. Aumua Amata, American Samoa's third Member of Congress and the first woman elected to the House American Samoa, discussed Samoan culture and history. Also generations of Samoan culture were illustrated by items found in a variety of Library collections.
From Decayed Parchment to 'Bit Rot' -- Challenges in Digitizing Archimedes
The Archimedes Palimpsest, written in Constantinople in the 10th century, contains seven of the Greek mathematician's treatises. It is the only surviving copy of "On Floating Bodies" in the original Greek and the unique source for the "Method of Mechanical Theorems and Stomachion." In the 13th century, the manuscript was taken apart, the Archimedes text scraped off, and the parchment reused. In 1906, the ...
Archive Ingest and Handling Test
Keith Johnson, digital repository product manager at Stanford University, reported on Stanford's contribution to the Archive Ingest and Handling Test (AIHT), an initiative sponsored by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (www.digitalpreservation.gov) designed to test the feasibility of transferring digital archives from one institution to another. He was joined by Library program officer Martha Anderson, who provided an overview to the project. ...
Was Madison an Original Thinker?
Gary Rosen discussed the nature of James Madison's political philosophy at this symposium celebrating the 250th anniversary of Madison's birth. It is said that he is a liberal or a republican, a nationalist or an advocate of states' rights, a follower of the "court" party or of its "country" rival. Taxonomies seldom do justice to individuals, and this is especially true when dealing with ...
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 ...
Black Campus Movement in Higher Education, 1965-72
Hundreds of thousands of black students, aided on some campuses by white and Latino students, demanded and protested for a relevant learning experience. At upwards of 1,000 traditionally white and historically black colleges and universities in the United States, black campus activists initiated a range of campus reforms, including the addition of more black students, faculty, administrators, and coaches, and the establishment of black ...
David McCullough: Americans in Paris
When historian David McCullough announced his intention to write a book about Americans in Paris, his interest was in Americans who went to Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, not, as he observed, "to make a social splash, but with the ambition to excel. The old world was the new world to them," says the author. McCullough discusses his latest work, "The ...