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What's Happening at the American Folklife Center

Throughout the year, the Center sponsors workshops, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and conferences (on its own and in cooperation with other Library of Congress offices and outside agencies) in order to educate the American people about the importance of their own cultural traditions and the traditions of others. All events are free and do not require tickets unless otherwise noted.

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Homegrown 2014 concert series flyerPerformances - 2015 Homegrown Concert Series
Homegrown: to be held in the Whittall Pavilion, the Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Floor

February 5: The Western Flyers - Western Swing and Old-Time Fiddling, Noon to 1:00 pm

February 18: A Tour of Norwegian and Swedish Fiddle Styles, With Andrea Hoag and Loretta Kelley

Past Homegrown Concerts (2005-2014) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts

Lectures - 2014 Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series
Pickford Auditorium, Third Floor, James Madison Building unless otherwise noted

January 14: "What Is Applied Ethnomusicology and Why Did They Say Such Terrible Things About It?" presented by Jeff Todd Titon, Emeritus Professor of Music, Brown University

January 21: FILM SCREENING: "Flory's Flame": a documentary on the life and music of Flory Jagoda by Curt Fissel and Ellen Friedland

Past Botkin Lectures (2004 - 2014) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts

Civil Rights History Public Programs: Many Paths to Freedom

This series of public educational programs features scholars, activists, and artists who will address a range of topics on the theme of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for freedom, social justice and equality for African Americans. View the complete schedule of events

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Past Symposia Updates

Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration September 26-27, 2013: Webcasts are now available on the schedule page (or via the Library's webcast site).

Past Symposia (2000 - 2013) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts


The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

The Songs of America presentation allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. From popular and traditional songs, to poetic art songs and sacred music, the relationship of song to historical events from the nation's founding to the present is highlighted through more than 80,000 online items. Contributing divisions include Music, Recorded Sound, and the American Folklife Center. View the press release

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