Joel ben Simeon & the Washington Haggadah
David Stern and Katrin Kogman-Appel discuss the 1478 Washington Haggadah illustrated by Joel ben Simeon, among the most gifted and prolific scribe-artists in the history of the Jewish book.
Stories from Afghanistan
Scholar Nancy Gallagher discusses Afghanistan in this lecture. While her past work has focused on the Arab world, she is now concentrating on Afghanistan, especially the place and role of women in Afghanistan's society, which has undergone tremendous change over the past 30 years, during which the country has been constantly at war.
Rajput Maharajas Conference (Morning)
Rajput maharajas have ruled hundreds of places throughout northern India, not just Rajasthan. The Rathor clan of Rajputs, headed by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, ruled states in Central India (Alirajpur, Jhabua, Jobat, Ratlam, Sailana, Sitamau), Eastern States Agency (Seraikela), Rajasthan (Bikaner, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kushalgarh), and Western India (Idar, Malpur). The speakers include the son and grand-daughter of the Maharaja of Dhrangadhra, who heads the ...
Ownership & Contractual Issues
The U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a study to review the role of copyright law with respect to software-enabled consumer products. This session will explore the state of contract law vis-à-vis software embedded in everyday products, and how contracts such as end user license agreements impact investment in and the dissemination and use of everyday products, including whether any legislative action in this area ...
The Write View: What Book Shaped You? (Part 2)
Authors from the 2012 National Book Festival share their personal stories on the books that shaped their lives. Speakers include James Dashner, Philip Levine, Lois Lowry, Susan Tejada, Michael Connelly, Esme Raji Codell, Donna Britt, Mac Barnett, Adam Rex and David Ezra Stein.
World Digital Library Demonstration
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington provides an overview of the newly launched World Digital Library with Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, assisting in welcoming the new website. High school teachers and their students explain how they will use the World Digital Library in their studies.
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 ...
At Day's Close: Night in Times Past
Historian A. Roger Ekirch discussed his book, "At Day's Close: Night in Times Past," which examines the history of nocturnal activity in society in Western Europe, from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, before the advent of the Industrial Revolution. Ekirch describes how nighttime embodied a distinct culture, with many of its own customs and rituals. Ekirch, a professor of history at Virginia Tech, conducted much ...
NewsDiffs: Tracking Online News Over Time
The Internet has ushered in a 24-hour news cycle, and newspapers often hastily publish articles. While print editions run once, several subsequent versions can be published online. Many changes are innocuous, but significant edits can happen without a record of any changes. This briefing on NewsDiffs, the go-to site for referencing and tracking silent changes to online articles, discussed example changes and the research ...
India and the United States: Reinventing Partnership
The relationship between the United States and India and its likely evolution in the next decade is the topic of a lecture at the Library of Congress by Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, holder of the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center. Schaffer presents "India and the United States: Reinventing Partnership." Schaffer discusses whether the relationship ...
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 ...
Dunaway, David - Dunaway, David King - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
Libraries and Human Development in Haiti: The Work of Fondation Connaissance et Liberte (FOKAL)
FOKAL (Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty) supports 35 community libraries throughout Haiti from Port-Salut to Pestel to Port-au-Prince to Cap-Haitian. From its humble beginnings, it has grown to be an organization that also supports arts and culture programming, has a debate program, and supports grassroots initiatives and water projects. How has this organization impacted Haiti and through its work strengthened the roots of a ...
In the Name of National Security: Unchecked Presidential Power and the Reynolds Case
Louis Fisher, special assistant to the Law Librarian and a specialist in constitutional law, discussed his new book, "In the Name of National Security: Unchecked Presidential Power and the Reynolds Case." Fisher was introduced by Steven Aftergood, the senior research analyst at the Federation of American Scientists and editor of the e-mail newsletter "Secrecy News." Both Fisher and Aftergood participated in a question-and-answer session ...
Newbery Winner Lois Lowry, Author of "The Giver"
"The Giver" author Lois Lowry and film producer Nikki Silver discuss the making of Lowry's book into a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift. Supported by the Jonah Solkoff Eskin Memorial Fund, the program launched Children's Book Week 2014.
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 ...
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