September 11, 2017 Autumn Events at the Library of Congress
Featuring Hispanic Heritage, Poetry and Award-winning Scholars and Authors
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The Library of Congress will host an array of programming this fall season that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, welcomes a new poet laureate and introduces new ways to experience the nation’s library through author talks, tours and online offerings.After opening with a spectacular 2017 National Book Festival, the Library is following up with a commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning Sept. 15 with a series of lectures, concerts, book talks and other programs and initiatives. Tracy K. Smith, the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2017-2018, will present her inaugural poetry reading. Autumn is also a great time for patrons to reserve their tickets for the fall and spring “Concerts from the Library of Congress” season.
The popular “Baseball’s Greatest Hits: The Music of Our National Game” and “Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustrations,” exhibitions have been extended through Dec. 30.
Please note that events are subject to change. All buildings are closed to the public on Sundays, and the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays. The Madison and Adams buildings are closed on all federal holidays. In the event of inclement weather or other issues, the Library of Congress follows the federal government operating status.
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Princeton University, will give her inaugural reading as the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are required. Visit loc.gov/poetry/events/. Contact: 202.707.1308.
Friday, Sept. 22
A ceremony celebrating the Américas Award, which is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore or selected nonfiction published in the previous year that authentically portray Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the United States, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 202.707.6404.
Tuesday, Sept. 12
In celebration of Constitution Day, the Law Library of Congress will host constitutional law and history professor Michael J. Klarman of Harvard Law School at noon in LJ 119. Contact: 202.707.6462.
Thursday, Sept. 14
Boston University professor Linda Heywood will discuss her latest book “Njinga of Angola: Africa's Warrior Queen,” at noon in the African and Middle Eastern reading room. Contact: 202.707.1979.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
The American Folklife Center welcomes former director Peggy Bulger for a presentation titled “Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy,” an explanation of the work of Stetson Kennedy, at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Book-signing to follow. 202.707.5510.
Thursday, Sept. 28
South African writer Antjie Krog will read selections of her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Africa area specialist Laverne Page at noon in the African and Middle Eastern reading room. Contact: 202.707.0379.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Current NASA chair at the Kluge Center Luis Campos and additional scholars present a moderated discussion about the societal roots and contexts of astrobiological research 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in LJ119. Contact: 202.707.3302.
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion” and one of the few professional women accordionists in conjunto music, will perform at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium as part of the Library’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Contact: 202.707.6404.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Homegrown Concerts from the Library presents “Archive Challenge Sampler,” in which an array of folk musicians are asked to learn material from the AFC’s archive and perform it in a special showcase at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are not required. Contact: 202.707.5510.
Tuesday, Sept. 26
Singer-songwriter Chris Urquiaga presents “Latin Pop: A Cultural Fusion” at 7 p.m. in the Mumford Room as part of the Library’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Contact: 202.707.6404.
Monday, Sept. 28
The Fairfield Four, an African-American gospel quartet that has existed for more than 95 years, will perform at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Tickets are not required. Contact: 202.707.5510.
Thursday, Sept. 21
“Son of Paleface” (Hope Enterprises & Paramount Pictures, 1952), at 7 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Contact: 202.707.7603.
Tuesday, Sept. 29
Part I of the American Folklife Center’s “Reel Folk: Cultural Explorations on Film,” an event that brings together established and emerging filmmakers, writers and researchers who utilize audiovisual technologies in documenting American folklife and traditional culture, 7 p.m. in the Pickford Theater. Contact: 202.707.5510.
Wednesday, Sept. 30
Part II of the American Folklife Center’s “Reel Folk: Cultural Explorations on Film” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pickford Theater. Contact: 202.707.5510.
Tuesday, Sept. 26
Liaison specialist Owen Rogers explores the intersection of immigration and World War I military service through materials collected by the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP), 2 p.m. Registration required. Visit this Library website. Contact: 202.707.8545.
Monday, Oct. 9
The Jefferson Building’s Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., along with the Young Readers Center and the Packard Campus in Culpeper, Va. All other reading rooms and other Library buildings will be closed in observance of the federal Columbus Day holiday. Contact: 202.707.8000.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
Art historian Claudia Isabel Navas will deliver the lecture “Francisco de Miranda and the United States” at 3 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion as part of the Library’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Contact: 202.707.6404.
Thursday, Oct. 12
Professor Chrissy Arce (University of Miami) will present her new book, “Mexico’s Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women” (State University of New York Press, 2017) at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater as part of the Library’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Contact: 202.707.6404.
Thursday, Oct. 12
Author Rana F. Nejem presents “When in the Arab World: An Insider's Guide to Living and Working with Arab Culture” at noon in the African and Middle Eastern reading room. Contact: 202.707.4188.
Thursday, Oct. 5
“The Man Who Haunted Himself” (Excalibur Films, United Kingdom, 1970), 7 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Contact: 202.707.7603.
Friday, Oct. 13
“Selena” (1997, PG) will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater as part of the Library’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Contact: 202.707.6404.
Thursday, Oct. 19
“The Dark Eyes Of London” (“The Human Monster”) (John Argyle Productions, United Kingdom, 1939) at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m. Contact: 202.707.7603.
Tuesday, Oct. 24
Sahr Conway-Lanz of the Library’s Manuscript Division will discuss the Woodrow Wilson papers available at the Library of Congress, at 2 p.m. Registration required. Visit this Library website. Contact: 202.707.8545.
Tuesday, Oct. 3
Author Rick Riordan launches the final book of his Norse Mythology series titled, “The Ship of the Dead,” Book Three of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, 10:30 a.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Seating is limited. Contact: 202.707.3173.
Thursday, Nov. 2
Kluge Center fellow Dr. Samira K. Mehta will present a discussion on the intersection of religion and contraception at 4 p.m. in room LJ 119. Contact: 202.707.3173.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
Ambassador Swanee Hunt, chair of the Institute for Inclusive Security and a lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, presents “Rwanda Women Rising” at noon in the African and Middle Eastern reading room. Contact: 202.707.4188.
Wednesday, Nov. 14
The Geography and Map Division presents “GIS Day” at the Library of Congress, an annual event highlighting GIS technology, research, resources and opportunities for engaging with geospatial data and technology from 9 a.m.–3p.m. in the West Dining Room. Contact: 202.707.6277.
Thursday, Nov. 16
Author Brad S. Gregory will present a talk on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at 7 p.m. in the Montpelier Room. Contact: 202.707.8437.
Thursday, Nov. 2
“The Devil’s Discipline” (United Artists, 1959) at 7 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Contact: 202.707.7603.
Thursday, Nov. 30
“Last Train from Gun Hill” (Paramount Pictures, 1959) at 7 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Contact: 202.707.7603.
Tuesday, Nov. 28
Katherine Blood of the Prints and Photographs Division will discuss the wartime work of printmaker Joseph Pennell at 2 p.m. Registration required. Visit this Library website. Contact: 202.707.8545.
Fall Tour Offerings
“Touch History” is an accessible tour that brings building details to life for visitors through their sense of touch. The verbal description tour—“Touch History”—will run the first and third Tuesday mornings of each month, with the exception of September, at 8:45 a.m. Pre-registration through this ticketing site is recommended but not required. Contact: 202.707.2153.
The currently scheduled “Touch History” tours are:
Public Tours Of…
Docent-led tour of the exhibition Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I. Meet the docent at the entrance to the exhibition to join the tour. Tours have currently been scheduled for:
10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to noon
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
September 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 29
October 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28
A special public tour of Echoes of the Great War has been scheduled for Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. where visitors can join Arlene Balkansky, the curator of newspapers for the exhibition, for a special tour that examines the story of WWI through the newspapers on display in the gallery.
Docent-led tour of the exhibition Exploring the Early Americas, which examines indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and Europeans, and the resulting changes caused by the meeting of the two worlds. The tour will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. –noon beginning Sept. 6 and running until November 3. Meet the docent at the entrance to the exhibition to join the tour.
Docent-led tour of highlights of the exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration. Meet the docent inside the exhibition entrance to join the tour. Currently scheduled tours are:
11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
Concerts from the Library
The Library of Congress kicks off its 2017-2018 concert season with a terrific pair of back-to-back concerts. The “Concerts from the Library of Congress” series is made possible through the generous support of endowments given to the Library by private donors. The series is presented free of charge to the public but requires tickets for admission. Tickets are required and distributed through Eventbrite and may be accessed via loc.gov/concerts/ or the free Eventbrite mobile app for iOS or Android devices. Tickets are not required for pre-concert presentations or weekday daytime programs.
Ticket Availability Information
Fall Concerts and Events
Starting Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. Eastern time, patrons can order tickets for Ensemble Signal/Music of Steve Reich, presented on Oct. 18 (special order date for this event only).
Starting Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Eastern time, patrons can order tickets for events or films from Oct. 19 through December.
Note: When attending events at the Library, allow extra time to pass through Library security.
Exhibitions at the LibraryExhibitions are open Monday – Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You can view exhibitions online at loc.gov/exhibits/.
Visitors to the Library’s historic Thomas Jefferson Building can begin their tour in the orientation gallery beside the Great Hall. Also on display in the Library’s Great Hall are the Giant Bible of Mainz and the Gutenberg Bible, with interactive stations that explain their roles in the history of the written word.
The “Exploring the Early Americas” exhibition tells the story of the Americas before the time of Columbus, as well as the periods of contact and conquest and their aftermath. Visitors can also explore Thomas Jefferson’s Library, featuring thousands of original volumes that provided the foundation for the Library of Congress and its universal collections.
Thomas Jefferson Building
Extended Through Dec. 30, 2017: “Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustrations,” features original art that captures the drama of high-profile court cases in the last 50 years. South Gallery, Second floor.
Through Jan. 2019: “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I,” features 200 items that include correspondence, music, film, recorded sound, diaries, posters, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, maps, and materials from the Veterans History Project. Southwest Gallery, Second floor.
Ongoing: “Herblock Gallery” features a selection of ten cartoons—with new drawings every six months—provides an opportunity to learn more about Pulitzer award-winning artist Herbert L. Block. Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground floor.
Ongoing: “Mapping a Growing Nation: From Independence to Statehood,” showcases the rare Abel Buell map of 1784, along with seven state maps and a railroad map. First floor, North Gallery.
Ongoing: “Hope for America: Performers, Politics & Pop Culture” focuses on Bob Hope and other entertainers who chose to involve themselves in the political climate of their times. Ground floor.
Ongoing: “Here To Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin” showcases items from the Gershwin Collection in the Music Division, the world's preeminent resource for materials about the Gershwin’s. Ground floor.
James Madison Memorial Building
Extended Through Dec. 30, 2017: “Baseball's Greatest Hits: The Music of Our National Game” The 45-item exhibition will feature baseball sheet music, drawn from the collections of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. The division holds one of the largest collections of baseball sheet music in the nation. Performing Arts Reading Room, First floor.
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.
The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation hosts weekly film screenings that are free and open to the public. All screenings are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Call 202.707.9994 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 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.
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