April 24, 2017 (REVISED May 9, 2017) Forthcoming Events at the Library of Congress May-July 2017

All Events Are Free and Open to the Public

Press Contact: Bryonna Head (202) 707-3073
Website: Calendar of Events
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

Note: Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code; additional venue information provided below listings

May 1 – June 30
DISPLAY
Ongoing display of JFK materials that includes special biographical information about JFK and books written by the former president. Also featured are books about Kennedy in foreign languages. Available for view Monday - Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall South Gallery, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-2255.

Tuesday, May 2
INTERVIEW – Sold Out*
Deputy Librarian of Congress Robert Newlen interviews fashion icon and native Washingtonian Tim Gunn about the history of fashion in the disco era and its impact on modern fashion, at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.  Book-signing to follow.  Contact: 707-5502.

* This event is part of Library of Congress “Bibliodiscotheque,” a series of programs that explores the legacy and impact of disco on popular culture since the 1970s. Free, tickets required. * A limited number of rush passes will be available 30 minutes prior to lecture.  For more information visit, www.loc.gov/concerts/disco

This interview will be live-streamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (captioned) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress.

Wednesday, May 3
GALLERY TALK
John Hessler of the Geography and Maps Division presents “Aztec Philosophy: Sacrifice and the Afterlife” at noon in the exhibition Exploring the Early Americas, second floor, Northwest Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-0245.

Wednesday, May 3
LECTURE/FILM – Sold Out*
Music curator James Wintle discusses the influence of disco on European dance music and hosts a screening of “ABBA: The Movie” at 7 p.m. in Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-5502.

* This event is part of Library of Congress “Bibliodiscotheque,” a series of programs that explores the legacy and impact of disco on popular culture since the 1970s. Free, tickets required. * A limited number of rush passes will be available 30 minutes prior to lecture.  For more information visit, www.loc.gov/concerts/disco

Thursday, May 4
LECTURE
Kelsey Young discusses NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO), which sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to live and prepare for space exploration in Aquarius, an undersea research station, at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building.  Contact 707-1212.

Thursday, May 4
LECTURE
John Witte, Sarah Barringer Gordon and Peter Manseau will participate in a panel discussion, “Religion in American History: Moments of Crisis and Opportunity” at 3 p.m. in room LJ 119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-8807.

Thursday, May 4
LECTURE-Sold Out*
Martin Scherzinger, associate professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, explores some elements of African dance music through the lens of Zimbabwean matepe and mbira music at 7 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-5502.

* This lecture is part of Library of Congress “Bibliodiscotheque,” a series of programs that explores the legacy and impact of disco on popular culture since the 1970s. Free, tickets required. * A limited number of rush passes will be available 30 minutes prior to lecture. For more information visit, www.loc.gov/concerts/disco

Thursday, May 4
LECTURE
Debra Wynn, a rare materials cataloger at the Library of Congress, will discuss Rudyard Kipling’s life and work influenced by the events of the Great War. On display will be unique World-War-I-related items from the Library’s Kipling Collections at 3 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room, second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707- 9779.

Friday, May 5
LECTURE- Sold Out*
The Veterans History Project and the Music Division present a discussion of the role of music in supporting service members and veterans from the Vietnam era through the present, at noon in the Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-5502.

* This lecture is part of Library of Congress “Bibliodiscotheque,” a series of programs that explores the legacy and impact of disco on popular culture since the 1970s. Free, tickets required. * A limited number of rush passes will be available 30 minutes prior to lecture.  For more information visit, www.loc.gov/concerts/disco

Friday, May 5
FILM
“House Party” (New Line Cinema, 1990, R-rated*) 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-5502.

This film is part of Library of Congress “Bibliodiscotheque,” a series of programs that explores the legacy and impact of disco on popular culture since the 1970s. Free, tickets required, www.loc.gov/concerts/disco

Saturday, May 6
SYMPOSIUM-Sold Out*
Explore the history of disco music, dance and culture in this afternoon symposium that features appearances by Gloria Gaynor, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, distinguished music scholars Martin Scherzinger and Alice Echols, photographer Bill Bernstein, and Yolanda Baker, the only disco ball maker in the United States. 1 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. A book-signing will follow the program. Contact: 707-5502.

* This symposium is part of Library of Congress “Bibliodiscotheque,” a series of programs that explores the legacy and impact of disco on popular culture since the 1970s. Free, tickets required. * A limited number of rush passes will be available 30 minutes prior to lecture. For more information visit, www.loc.gov/concerts/disco

This event will be live-streamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (captioned) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress.

Saturday, May 6
EVENT-Sold out*
The Library of Congress opens the doors of the Thomas Jefferson Building for Gloria Gaynor Live: Disco Dance Party at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson building. Contact: 707-5502.

This event is part of Library of Congress “Bibliodiscotheque,” a series of programs that explores the legacy and impact of disco on popular culture since the 1970s. Free, tickets required

* Admission may be possible at the door for non-ticket holders, on a space available basis. For more information visit, www.loc.gov/concerts/disco

Tuesday, May 9
LECTURE
Cathy Kerst, former staffer with the American Folklife Center, presents “Sidney Robertson Cowell and the WPA California Folk Music Project, 1938-40” at noon in the Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Free, tickets available www.loc.gov/concerts/ Contact: 707-5502.

Tuesday, May 9
BOOK TALK
Author Shana Corey will speak about her picture book “A Time to Act – John F. Kennedy’s Big Speech” at 11:30 a.m. in the Young Readers Center, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. A book-signing will follow. Contact: 7-2255.

Wednesday, May 10
LECTURE
Christopher Ketcham speaks on the need to balance the economic value of commercial ventures with safety and ethical concerns for life on Earth in “Space Ethics: Ethical Implications of Commercial Space Projects” at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building.  Contact 707-1212.

Wednesday, May 10
BOOK TALK
Robert Blobaum will discuss his latest book, “A Minor apocalypse: Warsaw during the First World War” at noon in the European Reading Room, second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-4371.

Wednesday, May 10
GALLERY TALK
Curators Sara W. Duke, of the Prints and Photographs Division and Margaret Wood of Law Library discuss the courtroom illustration collection at the Library of Congress and highlights of the new exhibition “Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration” at noon in the exhibition, Second Floor, South Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-0245.

Thursday, May 11
LECTURE
Keynote address by Roswell Encina, Library Chief Communications Officer, in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) at noon in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-8996.

Monday, May 15
BOOK TALK
Joan Nathan presents her new book, “King Solomon’s Table” at noon in African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. This event is in celebration of the Jewish-American Heritage Month. Contact: 707-3780.

Tuesday, May 16
LECTURE
Walter Zvonchenko of the Music Division presents “The Costume Designs of Miles White” at noon in the Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Free, tickets available www.loc.gov/concerts/ Contact: 707-5502.

Thursday, May 16
LECTURE
Kluge fellow Shaden Tageldin presents “Toward a Transcontinental Theory of Modern Comparative Literature” at 4 p.m. in room LJ 119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-8807.

Tuesday, May 16
BOOK TALK
Historians W. Douglas Fisher and Joann H. Buckley will discuss their book “African-American Doctors of World War I:  The Lives of 104 Volunteers” at 12:30 p.m. in the West Dining Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-9779.

Thursday, May 16
FILM
Screening of a photographic epilogue to the Boat People retrospective entitled "Americans" by Paul Tanedo at 1:30 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-3233.

Wednesday, May 17
GALLERY TALK
Owen Rogers of the Veterans History Project presents “Over Here, Over There: Immigrant Veterans of World War I” at noon in the exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Voices of World War I,” Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-0245.

Thursday, May 18
LECTURE
Musicologists Christina Bashford, William Brooks and Gayle Sherwood Magee are joined by musicians Laurie Matheson and Justin Vickers to explore the contributions of popular songs from the United States, Canada and Britain to the allies of World War I at 7 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building. Free, tickets required. For more information visit, www.loc.gov/concerts/  Contact: 707-5502.

Thursday, May 18
LECTURE
The third annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture, “Inspiring a Sense of Service and Idealism,” will feature Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Reed Hastings, CEO Netflix; and moderator Ann Compton of ABC. 6:30 p.m. in room LJ119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-8807.

Thursday, May 18
FILM
“The Commissioner” (1998). 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-5603.

Saturday, May 20
CONCERT –Sold Out*
Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire performs a unique jazz selection. 8 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.*A limited number of RUSH tickets will be available, at no cost, two hours before the performance. Visit www.loc.gov/concerts/ for more information. Contact: 707-5502.

Tuesday, May 23
FILM
Screening of “Fatakra” (“Firecracker”), an Indian film about family traditions and South Asian culture, at 12:30 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-3233.

Wednesday, May 24
GALLERY TALK
Alan Gevinson of the Library’s Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division presents “JFK and Hope: Nurturing ‘This Collaboration between Government and the Arts’” at noon in the exhibition Hope for America: Performers, Politics, and Pop Culture, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-0245.

Thursday, May 25
LECTURE
Kluge fellow Jose V. Casanova presents “Early Modern Globalization through a Jesuit Prism” at 4 p.m. in room LJ119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-8807.

Thursday, May 25
LECTURE
The Library of Congress and the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society present two lectures for a program titled “Mapping the Great War” at noon in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-9779.

Monday, May 29
MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
The Jefferson Building’s Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All other reading rooms and other Library buildings will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day federal holiday. Contact: 707-8000.

Tuesday, May 30
FILM
“Primary” (1960), at noon, Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-2255.

Wednesday, May 31
GALLERY TALK
William Elsbury of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division presents “Remembering World War I” at noon in the exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Voices of World War I,” second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-0245.

Wednesday, June 7
LECTURE
Cooper Graham, former Library of Congress curator of moving images, presents “World War I in Motion: Archival Film Clips from the John Allen Collection at the Library of Congress” at 3 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-0245.

Thursday, June 8
SYMPOSIUM
The Law Library of Congress and the Manuscript Division present a panel of distinguished legal scholars on the intersection among civil liberties, citizenship and wartime resistance and the resulting long-term ramifications at 2 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-2022.

Thursday, June 8
BOOKS AND BEYOND
Margaret Wagner presents a talk on her book “America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History” at noon in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-5221.

Saturday, June 10
FILM
“La Grande Illusion” (Grand Illusion, 1937), at 2:30 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-0245.

Wednesday, June 14
GALLERY TALK
Katherine Blood of the Prints and Photographs Division presents “Lest Liberty Perish: Joseph Pennell and World War I” at noon in the exhibition Echoes of the Great War: American Voices of World War I, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-0245.

Thursday, June 15
LECTURE
Alex Young presents “The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA,” outlining the science of total solar eclipses, along with where and when you can experience an eclipse at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building. Contact 707-1212.

Thursday, June 22

LECTURE
Kluge fellow Michael Gibbs Hill presents “Sino-Arabic Enlightenments: At the Limits of Comparison” at 4 p.m. in room LJ 119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-8807.

Wednesday, June 28
GALLERY TALK
Ryan Reft of the Manuscript Division presents “Charles Hamilton Houston and World War I” at noon in the exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Voices of World War I,” second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-0245.

Tuesday, July 4
INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY
All buildings will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Contact: 707-8000.

Saturday, July 8
FILM
“The Good Soldier Schweik” (1960, Lionex Films Inc.), at 2:30 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building. Contact: 707-0245.

Thursday, July 13
LECTURE
Kluge fellow Neeti Nair presents “The Blasphemy Laws: A South Asian History”  at 4 p.m. room LJ119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-8807.

Thursday, July 20
LECTURE
Kluge fellow Samira Mehta presents “God Bless the Pill? Contraception, Sexuality, and American Religion” at 4 p.m. in room LJ119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.. Contact: 707-8807.

Thursday, July 27
LECTURE
Kluge fellow Alan Noonan presents “Unearthing Traditions: Poems, Songs and Stories of Mining Communities throughout the United States” at 4 p.m. in room LJ119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-8807.

* Note: When attending events at the Library, allow extra time to pass through Library security.

The Library of Congress occupies three buildings on Capitol Hill. The Thomas Jefferson Building is located at 10 First St. S.E., across from the U.S. Capitol. The John Adams Building is directly behind the Jefferson Building to the east on Second St. S.E. The James Madison Memorial Building, at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., is just south of the Jefferson Building.

PACKARD CAMPUS FILM SCREENINGS: All screenings are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Call 707-9994 during business hours. Seating at the screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Packard Campus Theater is located on the ground floor of the Packard Campus of the National Audio Visual Conservation Center, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va. For current schedule and more information, visit the theater’s website at www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/. In case of inclement weather, call the theater information line no more than three hours before showtime to confirm cancellations. For R-rated films, no one under 17 will be admitted without parent or guardian.

CONCERTS AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: Unless otherwise noted, all events and concerts will be held at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Pre-concert presentations will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion.Tickets for events will be distributed through Eventbrite and may be accessed via www.loc.gov/concerts/ or via the free Eventbrite mobile app for iOS or Android devices (Eventbrite.com). There is a limit of two tickets per household. A limited number of rush passes will be available for sold out events two hours before performances and 30 minutes prior to lectures. Tickets are not required to attend pre-concert presentations or weekday daytime programs. For current schedule and more information, visit www.loc.gov/concerts/ or call 707-5502.

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PR 17-056
2017-04-24
ISSN 0731-3527