Event Videos

Previous events hosted by the Serial and Government Publications Division include book talks, lectures, and presentations related to newspapers and more.

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    Kent State: Recreating History with Comics from the Small Press Expo Author Series Award-winning artist and author Derf Backderf will discuss his latest published graphic novel: "Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio." He is most famous for his graphic novels, especially "My Friend Dahmer", the international bestseller which won an Angoul??me Prize, and earlier for his comic strip "The City", which appeared in a number of alternative newspapers from 1990 to 2014. In 2006 Derf won the...
    • Contributor: Bernard, Warren - Higley, Georgia - Backderf, Derf
    • Date: 2023-09-07
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    Welcome to the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room The Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room is located in the James Madison building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The reading room serves as the gateway to the newspaper, comic book, current periodical, and government document collections held by the Serial & Government Publications Division.
    • Contributor: Colclough, Joanna - Felix, Elving - Metcalf, Megan - Hurdle, Fernando
    • Date: 2023-02-22
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    Made at the Library: "Madwoman" by Louisa Treger Louisa Treger discusses her novel, "Madwoman," based on the life of trailblazing journalist, Nellie Bly, who faked madness and had herself committed to a lunatic asylum in order to expose the dreadful conditions. Louisa will also talk about how she used the resources at the Library of Congress to research this spellbinding story. ?Made at the Library is an event series highlighting works inspired...
    • Contributor: Treger, Louisa - Thomas, Deborah - Paranick, Amber
    • Date: 2022-11-09
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    Days of Sand: Small Press Expo Author Series Author Aimée de Jongh discuss researching and creating her award-winning graphic novel Days of Sand, a story of the American Dust Bowl.
    • Contributor: Bernard, Warren - De Jongh, Aimée - Thomas, Deborah
    • Date: 2022-09-16
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    Days of Sand: Small Press Expo Author Series Author Aimée de Jongh discuss researching and creating her award-winning graphic novel Days of Sand, a story of the American Dust Bowl.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2022
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    Made at the Library: "Madwoman" by Louisa Treger Louisa Treger discusses her novel, "Madwoman," based on the life of trailblazing journalist, Nellie Bly, who faked madness and had herself committed to a lunatic asylum in order to expose the dreadful conditions. Louisa will also talk about how she used the resources at the Library of Congress to research this spellbinding story. Made at the Library is an event series highlighting works inspired...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2022
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    Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist Journalist Anne Farris Rosen discussed her father John Herbers' memoir, "Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist." Herbers, a New York Times correspondent, covered the civil rights movement in the South for more than a decade, including the trial for the murder of Emmett Till, the murders of four young black girls in the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing, and multiple civil rights...
    • Contributor: Rosen, Anne Farris
    • Date: 2020-02-05
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    Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist Journalist Anne Farris Rosen discussed her father John Herbers' memoir, "Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist." Herbers, a New York Times correspondent, covered the civil rights movement in the South for more than a decade, including the trial for the murder of Emmett Till, the murders of four young black girls in the Birmingham, Alabama church bombing, and multiple civil rights...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2020
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    Richard A. Serrano: Summoned at Midnight Richard A. Serrano discussed his latest book, "Summoned at Midnight: A Story of Race and the Last Military Executions at Fort Leavenworth."
    • Contributor: Serrano, Richard A. - Sierra, Teri
    • Date: 2019-06-25
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    Richard A. Serrano: Summoned at Midnight Richard A. Serrano discussed his latest book, "Summoned at Midnight: A Story of Race and the Last Military Executions at Fort Leavenworth."
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2019
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    Baseball in Black & White: Newspaper Sportswriters on Reporting the National Pastime Baseball sportswriters Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun and Greg Swatek of the Frederick News-Post discussed their work covering baseball at the local, regional and national levels.
    • Contributor: Janes, Chelsea - Swatek, Greg - Meoli, Jon
    • Date: 2018-11-08
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    Comics to a T: The Triumphs and Troubles of Telling the Tyler Story Carol Tyler discussed her creative life. A pioneer of the autobiographical comics genre, Tyler uses her own experience to tackle the complex issues of the human experience. With grace, humor, and style, her work has helped shape the direction of comics.
    • Contributor: Tyler, Carol
    • Date: 2018-09-14
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    Comics to a T: The Triumphs and Troubles of Telling the Tyler Story Carol Tyler discussed her creative life. A pioneer of the autobiographical comics genre, Tyler uses her own experience to tackle the complex issues of the human experience. With grace, humor, and style, her work has helped shape the direction of comics.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2018
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    Baseball in Black & White: Newspaper Sportswriters on Reporting the National Pastime Baseball sportswriters Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun and Greg Swatek of the Frederick News-Post discussed their work covering baseball at the local, regional and national levels.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2018
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    African American Doctors of World War I. Historians W. Douglas Fisher and Joann H. Buckley discuss their book, "African American Doctors of World War I: The Lives of 104 Volunteers." Inspired by his grandfather's diaries and letters, Fisher and Buckley share the stories of the doctors who cared for the 40,000 men of the 92nd and 93rd Divisions, the Army's only black combat units.They bring to light a significant yet overlooked...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2017
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    Library of Awesome: A Conversation with Lynda Carter During "Library of Awesome," a pop-up exhibition featuring items from the Library's comic-book collections presented in conjunction with the Washington, D.C. Awesome-Con comics convention, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden interviewed Lynda Carter, the actress known for her role as Wonder Woman in the 1970s television series, to a packed house in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2017
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    The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Comics & the Power of Intellectual Freedom Charles Brownstein shared the history of comic book censorship from the medium's origins to the present day. He discussed the censorship trend that began in the 1940s, and how history informs legal challenges to graphic novels today. This program is the sixth annual SPX Festival program sponsored by the Library of Congress through its Serial and Government Publications Division.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2017
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    The Media, Myth & Fake News: From Watergate to Today American University professor W. Joseph Campbell discusses the rise of "fake news" and the prevalence of media myths in this talk drawn from a new, expanded edition of his book "Getting It Wrong: Debunking the Greatest Myths in American Journalism."
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2017
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    The Unacknowledged History of Black Creators and Black Characters in Comic Books Darrell Goza discussed the history of black creators and characters of comic books, as well as the degree to which early African-American superheroes generally adhered to common stereotypes of black men.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2016
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    Drawing on History - Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream Josh O'Neill, Andrew Carl and Chris Stevens of Locust Moon Press told the fascinating story of the creation of the 2015 Eisner Award-winning volume, "Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream."
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2015
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    Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination Author Thomas A. Bogar discusses the results of his research that led to his latest book, "Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination."
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2015
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    The Year That Created the Future: A Look Back to 1995 Author W. Joseph Campbell discusses his book, "1995: The Year the Future Began."
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2015
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    Chronicling America: A Conversation with Digital Conversion Specialist Tonijala Penn Visit with Tonijala Penn and hear about historical newspapers and the Chronicling America digital archives project available through the Library of Congress website.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2015
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    The Bill of the Century: A Literary Discussion with Clay Risen Clay Risen discusses his book "The Bill of the Century: The Epic Struggle for the Civil Rights Act" (2014).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Law Library of Congress (U.S.) - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2015
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    After Watchmen & Maus: Exploring the Graphic Novel Heidi MacDonald discusses the progress of the graphic novel after the successes of the two groundbreaking works from the end of the last century, "Maus" and "Watchmen."
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Serial & Government Publications Division
    • Date: 2013