Staying Human: Poetry in the Age of TechnologyTracy K. Smith will report on her rural outreach efforts in her first term as U.S. Poet Laureate. Smith will also discuss the focus of her second term, read poems, and participate in a conversation with Ron Charles, editor of Washington Post’s Book World and host of the Library’s “Life of a Poet” series. Watch LIVE Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. ET.Click here to watch on Facebook Live.Click here to watch on YouTube (captioned).Click here for more information on the event.
David Bromberg discussed his personal collection of American-made violins with Nancy Groce. They were joined by Kenneth Naito and Nate Growler and showed a violin from the David Bromberg American Violin Collection made in Baltimore by Luther Heiges. During the past 50 years David Bromberg has amassed the largest and most comprehensive collection of American violins.Click here to watch the video.
A symposium on diversity in children's literature, "Seen and Heard: The Power of Books" included prominent authors and followed the 2018 ceremony for the Walter Dean Myers Awards, honoring literature for young readers.Click here to watch the video.
David Plylar spoke about Robert Schumann's Humoreske and some of the relationships between Schumann's piano music and the early piano music of Johannes Brahms in this pre-concert lecture.Click here to watch the video.
José Berasaluce discussed the influence of Spanish gastronomy on American culinary practice and culture.Click here to watch the video.
The Library's John W. Kluge Center sponsored a symposium featuring scholars who were recently among the first to examine the papers of King George III, the English monarch in power when the American colonies declared independence.Click here to watch the video.
Randy Silverman discussed how the Tbilisi State University Library experienced a 15-year mold event that damaged 80,000 rare western books.Click here to watch the video.
Gregory Maggs conducted a conversation with Hon. Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The conversation was held in conjunction with the Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Events.Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 17, 2018SubscribeHoliday Light Show from SpaceNASA's Miguel RomÃ¡n spoke on global variations in energy service demand using data from instruments on the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP (National Polar-orbiting Partnership) satellite.Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 17, 2018SubscribeIn Situ Studies of Tidelines on PaperRachel Obbard discusses Tidelines, or staining produced by wetting, mar the appearance of and weaken paper, which predisposes the paper to further damage. This talk highlighted findings from research that utilizes existing technologies to improve our understanding of tidelines on historical documents, books, and artworks on paper. Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 17, 2018SubscribeInterview: Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourtyAs a part of its "Reel Folk" event examining cultural explorations on film, Stephen Winick and Mary Sue Twohy interviewed Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty of the PBS "American Epic" documentary series. Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 17, 2018SubscribeThe Business of Abridgments in 18th-Century Britain & AmericaIn this illustrated lecture, Michael F. Suarez examined the surprising prevalence of abridgments in 18th-century Anglo-American publishing. Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 16, 2018SubscribeArchives Challenge InterviewsFolklorist Jennifer Cutting interviews several artists who performed in the "Archives Challenge" series, where an array of different folk musicians are asked to learn material from archives of the American Folklife Center and perform it in a special showcase.Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 16, 2018SubscribeMedialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary MediaPatricia Vieira moderates a discussion with David Castillo and William Egginton, authors of "Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media." The book offers an innovative approach to the contemporary construction of reality in cultural, political and economic domains, inviting the read to reconsider the way reality is constructed, and how truth, sovereignty, agency and authority are understood from the everyday, philosophical and political points of view. Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 16, 2018SubscribeFairfield Four Concert & InterviewA concert by African-American gospel quartet The Fairfield Four with an interview following.Click here to watch the concert.Click here to watch the interview.
New VideosMarch 16, 2018SubscribeProtecting Mongolia's Lake HovsgolClyde Goulden and Robert McIntosh discussed the critical importance of science and the rule of law in protecting the integrity of Mongolia's Lake Hovsgol National Park, one of the most beautiful and famous tourist destinations in Mongolia. Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 16, 2018SubscribeAlbanian National DayIn celebration of Albanian National Day, the World Digital Library at the Library of Congress, the Embassy of Albania and the Albanian National Archives announce the acquisition and high-resolution digitization of the two Codices Beratinus, extremely rare 6th- and 9th-Century illuminated manuscripts on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 16, 2018SubscribeProvenance of Printing in AfghanistanElham Bakhtary investigated the lithographs' literary influences and argued that the lithographs espoused a unique ethno-Islamic ideology that challenged the substance of Islamic revivalism in India, but also employed the latter's technological and discursive methods in doing so. The lecture concluded with how this similarity suggests that ideas and print technology in South Asia traveled along similar itineraries in the 19th century.Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 16, 2018SubscribeDolly Parton's Imagination LibrarySinger-songwriter Dolly Parton joined Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for a presentation of the 100 millionth book in Parton's Imagination Library program, donated to the Library of Congress. The program featured a reading with school children and an announcement about a new literacy collaboration between Parton's program and the Library of Congress. Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 16, 2018SubscribeReformation at 500: Rebel in the RanksBrad S.Gregory discusses his new book, "Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World" as part of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 16, 2018SubscribeStetson Kennedy: Cultural AdvocacyReading from her recently published biography, author Peggy A. Bulger discussed Stetson Kennedy (1916-2011), who led a remarkable life as a political activist, writer and folklorist.Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 13, 2018SubscribeOrigins of the Military-Industrial Complex Daniel Else explored the results of his year-long inquiry into the organizational underpinnings of that military technological revolution of the 1940s and 1950s. Click here to watch the video.
New VideosMarch 13, 2018SubscribeHidden Figures: Discussing the Women of NASA with Margot Lee ShetterlyThe Library of Congress commemorates Women's History Month with a special interview about the women of NASA, their courage, leadership and super powers in the history of the American space program. Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will lead a discussion with Margot Lee Shetterly, Watch the video here LIVE Wednesday, March 14 at 7pm ET.
New VideosMarch 13, 2018SubscribeDrawn to Purpose: American Women IllustratorsLibrarian of Congress Carla Hayden talks with a panel of women illustrators and cartoonists highlighted in the current exhibition and book, â€œDrawn to Purpose." The panel will include Whitney Sherman, Barbara Brandon-Croft and Jillian Tamaki.Watch the video here LIVE Wednesday, March 15 at noon ET.
New VideosMarch 13, 2018SubscribeDesigning the Future LandscapeTo advance knowledge sharing, documentation, and promotion of best practices for long-term sustainability and interoperability of digital architecture, design and engineering (ADE) assets for design and the built environment, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art and the Architect of the Capitol hosted a day-long symposium offering thematic discussions on these challenging topics. Click here to watch the morning sessions of the symposium.Click here to watch the afternoon sessions of the symposium.