In commemoration of Constitution Day, constitutional law and history professor Michael J. Klarman of Harvard Law School discussed his book, a comprehensive history of how the framers drafted and ratified the U.S. Constitution despite their clashing interests.Click here to watch the video.
In this bilingual presentation, Nicaraguan poet and critic Mar√≠a Augusta Montealegre read selections from the work of Salom√≥n de la Selva (1893-1959), one of Nicaragua's most prominent poets, followed by a reading of her own work. (In English and Spanish.)Click here to watch the video.
Explore the history of disco music, dance and culture in this afternoon symposium that features appearances by Gloria Gaynor, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, distinguished music scholars Martin Scherzinger and Alice Echols, photographer Bill Bernstein and Yolanda Baker, the only disco ball maker in the United States.Click here to watch the video.
More relevant, more accessible, more visual, and more useful--these are some benefits of making digital collections available as data and ready for computational analysis. The Library of Congress hosted a day-long event that featured case studies and impact stories of applying digital methods to analyzing and sharing collections. Presenters shared how using collections as data reactivates the holdings of libraries and other centers of history and art to make deeper connections to the communities they serve. (Corrected links below.)Opening Remarks, Kate ZwaardHistory Between the Lines: Thinking About Collections as Data, Edward AyersDetachment, Sarah HattonOnly Once Imagined, Stephanie StilloData in Place: Using Digital Harlem to Map Historical Sources, Stephen RobertsonStructured Data Storytime, Rachel ShoreyExtremists in the Archive, Jessie DanielsToward a Secondary Humanities Fellowship Semester, Patrick Cronin and Thomas NevilleUnscroll: An Approach to Making New Things from Old Things, Paul FordFrom Static Archive to Research-Ready Database: Preparing the Congressional Record for Computational Social Science, Nick AdamsMapper's Delight: Teaching Data Literacy at the Rap Research Lab, Tahir Hemphill How Citizen Science and Mobile Tech Have Revolutionized the Collection, Sharing and Use of Scientific Data,Geoff Haines-StilesLightning Talks: Steven Weinberger, Chelsea Stieber, Kevin Schlottmann, Ascension Mazuela-Anguita, Ed Summers, Paul Farber, Jared Nielsen, William Ferster
Playwright and essayist Andr√°s Visky discusses his work and his concept of theater, as described in a recent book, "Andr√°s Visky's Barrack Dramaturgy."Click here to watch the video.
For those in need of accessibility services, the Library of Congress provides access to its collections and events in the form of interpretive services, captioning, special touch tours and more.Click here to watch the video.
Mona Khademi offered a glimpse into the life of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney and her connections with Iran and Iranians.Click here to watch the video.
Conor Nixon will cover the greatest highlights from the NASA Cassini mission from its earliest phases to the latest and most exciting results from the "Grand Finale" phase.Click here to watch the video.
Singer-songwriter Randy Newman performs his song "Sail Away," the title song of his album that was released in 1972. This performance is excerpted from a concert Newman gave at the Library on November 16, 2013. Included is an on-stage conversation between Newman and the Library's Mark Horowitz.Click here to watch the video.
Eleven authors were featured on the Children's Purple Stage at the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.Javaka Steptoe¬ on "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat."Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang¬ on "This Is Just a Test."Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco¬ on "Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton."Mike Curato¬ on "All the Way to Havana."Kadir Nelson¬ on "Blue Sky White Stars."Nathaniel Philbrick¬ on "Ben's Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill."Rachel Renee Russell and Nikki Russell¬ on "The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2: Middle School Mayhem."Ronald L. Smith¬ on "The Mesmerist."Reshma Saujani¬ on "Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World."Emma Donoghue¬ on "The Lotterys Plus One."Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson¬ on "Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights and the Flaws That Affect Us Today."
News from the Library of CongressNovember 21, 2017Spark a Lifelong Adventure of LearningThis year, for the first time, the Library of Congress isparticipating in #GivingTuesday‚ÄĒa global giving movement. On Tuesday, November28, we are asking you to make a gift to spark a lifelong adventure of learning. Here's more information.The Library of Congress is your library, your gateway tounderstanding the world. There is so much to discover, not only the nation'smemory, but the world's‚ÄĒinformation from all corners of the earth, in more than470 languages. With millions of items available online, you can access theLibrary's treasures from anywhere.Save the Date to Make Your Gift!Celebratedon the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognizedshopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off thecharitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. DONATE NOW
This webinar is third in a series of five on World War I. Like many individuals around the globe, Woodrow Wilson was shocked by the outbreak of a devastating world war among European empires in 1914. As president of the United States, however, he had a unique opportunity to shape the outcome of this catastrophic conflict.Click here to watch the video.
Tracy K. Smith gave her inaugural reading as the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. She was joined by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, who opened the event by reading an original poem.Click here to watch the video.
Book artist Casey Gardner discussed several of her most recent works from Set in Motion Press.Click here to watch the video.
Marking the 100th anniversary of World War I, the John W. Kluge Center assembled seven of its former resident scholars to analyze and contextualize editorial cartoons published in multiple languages during the Great War (1914-1919).Click here to watch the video.
Bestselling author Rick Riordan kicks off his 2017 book tour for the final book release in his Norse Mythology series titled "The Ship of the Dead, Book Three: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard."Click here to watch the video.
Michele K. Troy discusses the Albatross Press. A precursor to Penguin, Albatross was literally a strange bird when it emerged in 1932: a complete cultural outsider to the Third Reich but an economic insider.Click here to watch the video.
Five teenagers chosen from among thousands of award-winning poets receive the country's highest honor for youth poets presenting original work from the Librarian of Congress at a ceremony where they read their work.Click here to watch the video.
An in-depth discussion with poet Dawn Lundy Martin, covering her career and the events that have shaped her work.Click here to watch the video.
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."Click here to watch the video.
Paul Salzman talks about his Scrapbook Shakespeare, a preparation of a 19th century Shakespeare edition at the Library of Congress.Click here to watch the video.
Panel discussions highlight the collections of the American Folklife Center, explored new approaches to cultural documentation, and focused on current best practices. Research scholars, community members, documentarians and archivists at a range of cultural institutions discussed historical initiatives, current challenges and emerging trends with audience members and center staff.Watch part 1 of the symposium.Watch part 2 of the symposium.Watch part 3 of the symposium.
Following the screening of a new docudrama, "Benito Ju√°rez, La Derrota de un Imperio," producer Michela Giorelli of Discovery Communications discussed the film, which portrays the four years and 45 days Ju√°rez itinerantly led Mexico from the road (1863-1867).Click here to watch the video.
Jose Mar√≠a Naharro-Calder√≥n discussed his new book "Entre alambradas y exilios: Sangr√≠as de las Espa√Īas: Sangr√≠as de las Espa√Īas y terapias de Vichy" with Sebastian Faber of Oberlin College and German Labrador of Princeton University.Click here to watch the video.
South African poet & writer Antjie Krog discussed and read from her work.Click here to watch the video.