Event Videos

Previous events hosted by the Hispanic Reading Room include book talks, lectures, and presentations related to Iberian, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a/x culture.

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    Otra piel para otra entraña: Another Skin for my Insides This video is a filmed performance of the "Otra piel para otra entraña" book-dress in the Hispanic Reading Room of the Library of Congress featuring Ruth Behar wearing the piece. Acquired by the Library in 2018, This one-of-a-kind performative work of poetry takes the shape of a black bridal gown that readers unfurl in a celebration of Cuban and American Women poets. Created by...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2022
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    Behind the Books: A Day in the Life at the Library of Congress with Dani Thurber Behind the Books is a video series dedicated to providing a snapshot of the experience of members at the Library of Congress. Here, we have Dani Thurber sharing her experience as a Reference Librarian in the Hispanic Reading Room.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2022
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    Celebration of Children's and YA Latin American and Latinx Literature Watch a virtual celebration of children's and young adult Latin American and Latinx literature. Hear from authors and illustrators amplifying stories and voices from across Latin American and Latinx communities for young readers.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2021
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    Américas Award 2020 The Américas Awards celebrates the connection between Latin American studies, Hispanic creators and Hispanic topics in youth and children's literature. Co-sponsored with the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2020
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    Mendez, Hernandez & Beyond: A Conversation on Latinx Civil Rights In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, a panel of experts and public figures discuss civil rights cases -- such as Mendez v. Westminister and Hernandez v. Texas -- that address the rights of individuals in the Latina(o) community. To view the Research Guide "Latinx Civil Rights in the United States: A Resource Guide" mentioned in this presentation, please visit: https://guides.loc.gov/latinx-civil-rights/">https://guides.loc.gov/latinx-civil-rights.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2020
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    Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings Americas Award honoree Francie Latour read from "Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings," her book about a young American girl who visits family in Haiti and finds herself through her Haitian auntie's paintbrush. The Americas Award encourages and commends authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality and classroom-ready children's and young adult books portraying Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the United States.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2019
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    2019 Américas Awards The Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature is literary award presented annually that recognizes high quality "children's and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use." It was first awarded in 1993 by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. The award is presented annually at...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2019
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    Portuguese Poet Ana Luisa Amaral Portuguese poet Ana Luisa Amaral participated in a conversation and reading from her new book of poems, "What's in a Name?" translated by Margaret Jull Costa. The event included a display of special editions of authors that have shaped Amaral's literary work and scholarship, like Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare and Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2019
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    Maratón de Poesía / Poetry Marathon The Maratón de Poesía / Poetry Marathon is a trailblazing annual event that bring together recognized Hispanic poets from the United States and abroad to share their work with the local poetry community. This year, the Maratón will celebrate the literary work of Walt Whitman to commemorate the bicentennial of the poet's birth.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2019
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    Ladino Songs & the Sephardic Diaspora Sarah Aroeste, Shai Bachar and Ellie Falaris Ganelin perform Ladino music and offer educational commentary about the language. Ladino is the language of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain during the Inquisition, spoken in the Mediterranean and Balkan regions before World War II-- now endangered because numerous speakers were killed during the Holocaust. Aroeste describes Ladino as a "pan-Mediterranean language crossing linguistic and cultural boundaries."...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2019
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    St. Louis Blues: A Conversation with Author Laura Demaria Author Laura Demaria discusses her book "St. Louis Blues," a reflection on the experience of migration that has shaped the U.S. and explores notions of displacement and belonging, exile and home, foreignness and localities, nation and migration. The novel highlights the migration of young people to American universities and sheds light on a process that has been mostly uncharted in previous Latino literature. In...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2019
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    The Galloping Hour: French Poems by Alejandra Pizarnik Forrest Gander and Patricio Ferrari read their translations of Alejandra Pizarnik's French poems found in "The Galloping Hour." Never before rendered in English and unpublished during her lifetime, these French poems draw from personal life experiences and they echo readings of Pizarnik's beloved/accursed French authors -- Charles Baudelaire, Germain Nouveau, Arthur Rimbaud and Antonin Artaud. Anna Deeny Morales followed with a reading of her...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division - Library of Congress. European Division
    • Date: 2019
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    Spanish Gastronomy & Cultural Innovation José Berasaluce discussed the influence of Spanish gastronomy on American culinary practice and culture.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2018
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    Before Brasilia: Frontier Life in Central Brazil In this talk, Mary Karasch discussed her decades-long research on frontier life in central Brazil using diverse sources in Brazil, Portugal, Austria, England and at the Library of Congress. The presentation covered the challenges to finding documents to write about the slaving frontier of Goiás where both indigenous peoples and enslaved Africans resisted enslavement.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2018
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    Movies & Popular Culture in Spain Under Franco, 1939-1975 Under the Franco regime, Spain was a country of passionate moviegoers struggling with the enormous limitations of the cultural life under a dictatorship, a tension at the center of this talk by Fernando Ramos Arenas. This is the story of a fascination with movies under difficult circumstances, in a land in which cinema became a large projection screen for the anxieties, fears and hopes...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2018
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    Colombian Treasures at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress showcased a display of Colombian treasures from our vast Latin American collections, including the papers Simón Bolivar and Francisco de Paula Santander, rare literary audio recordings of Colombian writers and poets, and unique prints and photographs. The event was co-sponsored with the Embassy of Colombia.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2018
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    Sounds & Rhythms of Contemporary Cuban Music in the American Diaspora A conversation about Cuban music in the American diaspora with pianist Adonis González, bassist Yunior Terry and saxophonist Yosvany Terry. These highly acclaimed performers discussed their musical education in Cuba and the United States, the African, classical and jazz influences in their compositions, and their role as music professors. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Cultural Society.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2018
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    Changing Cultural Landscapes in Latin America Luis Roniger (Wake Forest University) and Saúl Sosnowski (University of Maryland) discussed their book, "Exile, Diaspora and Return," which explores how Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay have been affected by post-exilic relocations, transnational migrant displacements and diasporas. The authors addressed how diasporic experiences and the impact of returnees on the public life, culture, institutions and development of post-authoritarian politics in the Southern Cone of...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2018
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    Hispanic Local History and Genealogy at the Library of Congress Learn how to research Hispanic local history and genealogy at the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division - Library of Congress. Researcher and Reference Services Division
    • Date: 2018
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    Cómo aprender más sobre la historia local y la genealogía hispana Aprenda cómo investigar la historia local y la genealogía hispana en la Biblioteca del Congreso.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division - Library of Congress. Researcher and Reference Services Division
    • Date: 2018
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    States of Grace: Utopia in Brazilian Culture This talk approaches the study of Brazilian culture through the lens of utopianism. The conversation explored the religious and political writings, journalistic texts, sociological studies and literature that portrary Brazil as a utopian "land of the future," where dreams of a coming messianic age and of social and political emancipation would come true.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2018
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    Poet Raúl Vallejo Poet Raúl Vallejo read from his latest book, "Mística del Tabernario." (In Spanish)
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2018
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    2018 Americas Awards Ibi Zoboi, author of "American Street," and Duncan Tonatiuh, author and illustrator of "Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México" were awardded the 2018 Americas Award for Children's and Young-Adult Literature at the annual award presentation. The awards are presented annually to authors of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore or selected non-fiction that authentically portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Center for the Book - Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2018
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    U.S Rep. Pete Aguilar In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Rep. Pete Aguilar discussed issues facing Latinos today and his experience as a Latino member of Congress.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division
    • Date: 2018
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    Uruguayan Poets Poet Silvia Guerra will read excerpts of her work and translators Jesse Lee Kercheval, Jeannine Pitas, Anna Deeny and Seth Michelson will share new translations of Circe Maia, Marosa di Giorgio, Amanda Berenguer and Melisa Mechado.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Hispanic Division - Library of Congress. Literary Initiatives Office
    • Date: 2018