News from the Library of Congress

December 2006

November 2006

  • November 30, 2006  (06-224)
    Jo Ann C. Jenkins Appointed Chief Operating Officer Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Jo Ann C. Jenkins as chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2007.
    • Date: 2006-11-30
  • November 29, 2006  (06-213)
    Susan Vita Appointed Chief of Library of Congress Music Division Susan Vita, chief of Special Materials Cataloging from December 1996 until she became acting chief of the Music Division in June 2005, has been appointed chief of the Library of Congress Music Division.
    • Date: 2006-11-29
  • November 28, 2006  (06-219)
    Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Humanity To Be Awarded on Dec. 5 Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will present the 2006 John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity to historians John Hope Franklin and Yu Ying-shih, who will each receive half of the $1 million prize.
    • Date: 2006-11-28
  • November 28, 2006  (06-220)
    Media Preview for Two-Day Display of Da Vinci Prepatory Drawing for "Adoration of the Magi" An opportunity for the media to preview Leonardo da Vinci’s preparatory drawing for the painting “Adoration of the Magi.”
    • Date: 2006-11-28
  • November 28, 2006  (06-221)
    Washington Post Music Critic Delivers Lecture on Nov. 30 Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize winner and chief classical music critic for The Washington Post, delivers the 2006 Louis C. Elson Memorial Lecture on “Writing About Music in a Time of Change” in a program sponsored by the Library’s Music Division and John W. Kluge Center.
    • Date: 2006-11-28
  • November 21, 2006  (06-217)
    Library of Congress To Hold Public Hearings on Preserving America's Recorded Sound Heritage The Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) of the Library of Congress are conducting public hearings in November and December to gather information for a study about the current state of recorded sound preservation and restoration in the United States.
    • Date: 2006-11-21
  • November 21, 2006  (06-218)
    Status of Women in Tunisia Is Subject of Nov. 30 Symposium A symposium titled “Tunisia: Celebrating Fifty Years of Women’s Emancipation” will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, in Room 119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2006-11-21
  • November 17, 2006  (06-216)
    Scholar to Speak on Republican Party and Reconstruction on Dec. 11 Charles W. Calhoun, professor of history at East Carolina University, will discuss his new book, “Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900,” at noon on Monday, Dec. 11, in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2006-11-17
  • November 16, 2006  (06-209)
    Library of Congress and National Library and Archives of Egypt Expand Digital Library Cooperation The Library of Congress and the National Library and Archives of Egypt announced a significant milestone in their cooperation on digital initiatives with the opening on Nov. 15 of a state-of-the-art digitization center at the National Library in Cairo. The equipment for the center has been provided by the Library of Congress to the National Library to enable it to digitize rare and unique...
    • Date: 2006-11-16
  • November 16, 2006  (06-215)
    Matt Raymond Appointed Director of Communications "Mr. Raymond has strong communications skills, including the development of policies and strategies that will be an asset to the Library," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
    • Date: 2006-11-16
  • November 15, 2006  (06-211)
    Economist Robert J. Shiller To Discuss Economic Inequality Dec. 6 Economist Robert J. Shiller will speak on “What to Do About Worsening Economic Inequality: The Rising Tide Tax System and Other Proposals” at the Library of Congress at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2006-11-15
  • November 15, 2006  (06-212)
    Swann Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2007-2008 academic year. Applications are due by close of business on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, and notification will occur in the spring.
    • Date: 2006-11-15
  • November 15, 2006  (06-214)
    Historians John Hope Franklin, Yu Ying-shih Named Winners of 2006 John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity John Hope Franklin, 91, and Yu Ying-shih, 76, have been named the recipients of the third John W. Kluge Prize for lifetime achievement in the study of humanity.
    • Date: 2006-11-15
  • November 13, 2006  (06-A05)
    Da Vinci Drawing on Display for First Public Viewing Outside of Italy For the first time ever, Leonard da Vinci’s preparatory drawing for the painting “Adoration of the Magi” will be on public display outside of Italy. The Library of Congress will host a special two-day showing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 8, in the Northwest Pavilion of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2006-11-13
  • November 8, 2006  (06-210)
    NBC4 Meteorologist Bob Ryan To Discuss Weather Forecasting Bob Ryan, chief meteorologist at NBC4 (WRC-TV), will discuss weather forecasting in a lecture at the Library of Congress at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2006-11-08
  • November 6, 2006  (06-207)
    John Hessler To Discuss How Computer Modelling Helps To Understand the 1507 and 1516 Waldseemuller World Maps John Hessler will present a lecture titled “Warping Waldseemüller: Computer Modeling and the Quest to Understand the 1507 and 1516 World Maps” at the Library of Congress at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2006-11-06
  • November 6, 2006  (06-208)
    Library of Congress Features New "Women Who Dare" Book Series at Books & Beyond Program on November. 16 The seven authors of the Library of Congress “Women Who Dare” series, which celebrates the lives of remarkable women who have shaped American history, will discuss their books at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2006-11-06

October 2006

  • October 30, 2006  (06-203)
    Environmental Law Is Subject of Film and Panel Discussion to Be Held on Nov. 15 “A Civil Action” (1998), starring John Travolta, will be shown at the Library of Congress at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2006-10-30
  • October 27, 2006  (06-202)
    Veterans History Project Features More Stories Online A selection of 13 fully digitized collections of materials submitted by war veterans will be highlighted on the Veterans History Project Web site beginning Nov. 9, 2006.
    • Date: 2006-10-27
  • October 25, 2006  (06-205)
    Press Preview for "Cartoon America" Exhibition, Nov. 1 Press briefing and opportunity to preview “Cartoon America: Highlights From the Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature,” a Library of Congress exhibition.
    • Date: 2006-10-25
  • October 24, 2006  (06-204)
    Neil Smelser Discusses "Why Terrorist Ideologies Are So Powerful," Nov. 29 Sociologist Neil J. Smelser will present a lecture titled “Why Are Terrorist Ideologies So Powerful” at the Library of Congress at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2006-10-24
  • October 17, 2006  (06-200)
    Writers From Iowa's International Writing Program Will Read Their Works Nov. 16 Writers from the distinguished International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will read from their works at the Library of Congress at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC.The event, jointly sponsored by the Library’s John W. Kluge Center and the International Writing Program, is...
    • Date: 2006-10-17
  • October 16, 2006  (06-197)
    Library of Congress to Host Forum on Religion Nov. 20 The John W. Kluge Center and the American Academy of Religion will present panel discussions on America’s religious origins and on international religious freedom from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.The panels, which include question-and-answer periods, are free and open to the public;...
    • Date: 2006-10-16
  • October 16, 2006  (06-198)
    Susan Hirsch to Discuss Her Book on Terrorism and Grief Nov. 29 Anthropologist Susan F. Hirsch will discuss her new book, “In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief and a Victim’s Quest for Justice,” at the Library of Congress at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Room 119 in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.The event, which is sponsored by the Library’s John W. Kluge Center, is free and open to...
    • Date: 2006-10-16

September 2006

  • September 27, 2006  (06-184)
    "End of the Cold War" Is Subject of Lecture by James Goldgeier Nov. 15 James Goldgeier, the Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International Relations in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, will present a lecture titled “The End of the Cold War and the Struggle over American Foreign Policy” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.The event,...
    • Date: 2006-09-27
  • September 20, 2006  (06-161)
    Saint John's Bible Traveling Exhibition Opens at the Library on Oct. 6 “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible,” will open at the Library of Congress on Friday, Oct. 6, in the Northwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2006-09-20
  • September 13, 2006  (06-166)
    Shigemi Inaga Named to the Chair of Modern Culture in the John W. Kluge Center Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Shigemi Inaga to the Chair of Modern Culture in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.Inaga, who will assume the chair in October, is a professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan, where he specializes in comparative literature and culture and the history of cultural exchange.At the Kluge...
    • Date: 2006-09-13
  • September 13, 2006  (06-168)
    Gerhard Casper Named to American Law and Governance Chair in John W. Kluge Center Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has named Gerhard Casper, president emeritus of Stanford University, to the Chair of American Law and Governance in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.Casper, who will assume the chair in October, served as president of Stanford from 1992 to 2000. He is currently the Peter and Helen Bing Professor in Undergraduate Education at Stanford....
    • Date: 2006-09-13
  • September 13, 2006  (06-169)
    Song of America Web Site Adds Performances and Video Featuring Thomas Hampson The extraordinary baritone of Thomas Hampson is featured in new additions to the Song of America Web site, which is dedicated to the recently concluded 11-city tour by Hampson that brought performances of American songs to a wider audience.
    • Date: 2006-09-13