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The Library of Congress offers these events to the public at its Washington, D.C. location free of charge, except where otherwise noted. Schedules are subject to change. Check back to this site for the latest information.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tour — Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

Lecture — Last of the Doughboys

Noon - 1 p.m.
Richard Rubin talks about his book "The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9824

Film — Czech Film Series

Noon - 1 p.m.
"Beyond Words" (2007, 57 minutes) is about the mass murder of Czech Jews at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

Lecture — Botkin Lecture

Noon - 1 p.m.
Miriam Isaacs, Sociolinguist & Yiddish Scholar presents "Jewish Folk Song, Ben Stonehill and the Hotel Marseilles: Collecting Cultural Treasures in a Post-WWII New York Lobby."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1743

Gallery Talk — Soldier Diaries

Noon - 1 p.m.
Megan Harris of the Veterans History Project presents "Soldier Diaries: Civil War to the Present."
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Film — "The Best Years of Our Lives"

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946).
Location: State Theatre of Culpeper
Contact: (202) 707-9994

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All Public Events for November 2013

Books and Beyond

Civil Rights Movement

November 6, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Simeon Booker and Carol McCabe Booker discuss and sign their new book "Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

Nicolas Slonimsky

November 7, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Electra Yourke discusses and signs her new book "Dear Dorothy: Letters from Nicolas Slonimsky to Dorothy Adlow."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

Congress

November 19, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Robert Kaiser discusses his book "Act of Congress: How Americas Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesnt."
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

American Farmer

November 22, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Dennis D. Moore discusses and signs his new edition of "Letters From an American Farmer and Other Essays by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

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Ceremony

Literacy Awards

November 4, 2013, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Best-selling authors and literacy advocates David Baldacci and James Patterson are featured speakers at the 2013 Library of Congress Literacy Awards.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5221

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Concert

Danish String Quartet

November 2, 2013, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The Danish String Quartet presents works by(Haydn, Ligeti, Abrahamsen and Beethoven.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Albert Camus

November 8, 2013, 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Albert Camus Lit L'Etranger/REMIX is an interdisciplinary visual and aural experience based on "The Stranger" by Albert Camus, in honor of the Nobel Prize-winning author and philosopher's centennial year.
Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE Washington, DC
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Valentina Lisitsa

November 15, 2013, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays selections by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Chopin and Liszt. Following her performance, Lisitsa talks with the Music Divisions David Henning Plylar. Tickets required.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Randy Newman

November 16, 2013, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Randy Newman presents an evening of his hit songs followed by a talk with the Music Divisions Mark Horowitz about the art of the songwriter.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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Event

Kids Euro Festival

November 2, 2013, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cyprus opera singer Constantinos Yiannoudes gives a multimedia and interactive presentation at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
Location: Young Readers Center, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1950

Puppet Show

November 29, 2013, 11 a.m. - Noon
The Young Readers Center hosts a post-Thanksgiving puppet performance of Jon Scieszka's "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs," with a drop-in puppet-making workshop throughout the day.
Location: Young Readers Center, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1950

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Film

Kovacs & Adams TV shorts

November 1, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Ernie Kovacs & Edie Adams (TV shorts, 1950-1962).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Half-Breed"

November 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Half-Breed" (1913).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Czech Film Series

November 4, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
"My Lucky Star" (2004, 58 minutes) documents the life of Zdenka Fantlova, a woman who survived life in several concentration camps.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

"North by Northwest"

November 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"North by Northwest" (1959).
Location: State Theatre of Culpeper
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Wagner Film

November 7, 2013, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
"Richard Wagner: Venetian Diary of the Rediscovered Symphony" (2012) explores Wagners rediscovery of his only completed symphony (in C major, WWV 29), composed before he turned 20.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

"The World Changes

November 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The World Changes" (1933).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Second Meeting"

November 8, 2013, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
"The Second Meeting: When Adversaries Become Friends" follows the relationship between a U.S. pilot and Serbian missile officer.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-4371

Czech Film Series

November 13, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
"Beyond Words" (2007, 57 minutes) is about the mass murder of Czech Jews at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

"The Best Years of Our Lives"

November 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946).
Location: State Theatre of Culpeper
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Anne of Green Gables"

November 15, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Anne of Green Gables" (1934) and "Bright Eyes" (1934).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Mother and Child"

November 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Mother and Child" (2009).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Kid"

November 17, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Kid" (1921).
Location: State Theatre of Culpeper
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Czech Film Series

November 18, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
"The Story of the Shipwrecked from the Patria" (2006, 45 minutes) focuses on the Nov. 25, 1940, bombing of a ship carrying about 1,800 Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe to Palestine.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

"Rio Bravo"

November 20, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Rio Bravo" (1959).
Location: State Theatre of Culpeper
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"I Cover the Waterfront"

November 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"I Cover the Waterfront" (1933).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

John F. Kennedy

November 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums" (1966).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Wagner Film Screening

November 23, 2013, 11 a.m. - Noon
"The Making of Der Ring Des Nibelungen" (2005).
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

"Dumb Girl of Portici"

November 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Dumb Girl of Portici" (1916).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Meet Me in St. Louis"

November 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944).
Location: State Theatre of Culpeper
Contact: (202) 707-9994

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Holiday

Veterans Day

November 11, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Jefferson Buildings Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public. A special Main Reading Room open house will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All other reading rooms and other Library buildings will be closed in observance of the federal Veterans Day holiday.
Location: All buildings
Contact: (202) 707-8000

Thanksgiving Day

November 28, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
All Library buildings will be closed in observances of the federal Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Location: All buildings
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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Lecture

Danish String Quartet

November 2, 2013, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Members of the Danish String Quartet discuss their craft.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Music Theater

November 5, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Theater curator Walter Zvonchenko discusses Boris Kochno, Cole Porter and Sergei Diaghilev as part of the Music Divisions High Noon lecture series.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8437

Kluge Scholar Seminar

November 7, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Ernesto Capello, Visiting Fellow, on "Imagining the Equator: Commemorative Geodesic Science in the Andes, 18th-20th centuries."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0213

Kellogg Lecture

November 7, 2013, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University and former Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, delivers the 2013 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence. The lecture is titled "Justice: Disagreement and Objectivity."
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-4642

Solitude of a Humble Genius

November 8, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Author Jan Klein and illustrator Norman Klein will discuss their book "Solitude of a Humble Genius  Gregor Johann Mendel Professor: Volume 1  Formative Years."
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1209

Last of the Doughboys

November 13, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Richard Rubin talks about his book "The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9824

Botkin Lecture

November 13, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Miriam Isaacs, Sociolinguist & Yiddish Scholar presents "Jewish Folk Song, Ben Stonehill and the Hotel Marseilles: Collecting Cultural Treasures in a Post-WWII New York Lobby."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1743

Kluge Scholar Seminar

November 14, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Amanda Lahikainen, Kluge Fellow, on "Theatrical Bank Notes: Satire and the Politics of Paper Money in Britain, 1780-1870."
Location: LJ Room A-113, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-0213

March on Washington: Protest Songs Lect

November 14, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Library curators lead an open roundtable discussion about the music that came to shape American culture during the 1960s.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Native American Heritage Month

November 14, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Judy Stout of the Lumbee Tribe of North American discusses "Deaf Native Americans: Organization, Culture and Experience."
Location: LM 240 Law Library Media Center, Second floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9106

Author Abdourahman Waberi

November 14, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Author Abdourahman Waberi of Djibouti reads from his work and discusses the current state of African literature.
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1982

Poet Marianne Moore

November 15, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Poets Mary Jo Salter and Robyn Schiff celebrate the birthday of American poet Marianne Moore by reading selections from her work and discussing her influence on her their own writing.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394

Leopold Godowsky

November 16, 2013, 11 a.m. - Noon
David H. Plylar showcases Leopold Godowskys "Passacaglia" and the left-handed Studies after Frederic Chopin at in Room G-32. Reservations are required.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Adoption

November 21, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Author Catherine Ceniza Choy talks about her book, "History of Asian International Adoption in the United States."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-0979

Sleepy Hollow

November 21, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Lewis Grossman of American University's College of Law discusses Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in the Copyright Division Hearing Room, LM 408.
Location: Madison Building, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-4642

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Panel Discussion

DNA Anniversary

November 7, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Orla M. Smith, managing editor of Science Translational Medicine, Nobel Laureate James Watson of Cold Springs Harbor Laboratories and other scholars discuss genetics and translational medicine in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA structure.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1209

African Studies

November 8, 2013, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Faculty of Howard University presents a discussion on African studies.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-1980

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Performance

Works of Verdi, Wagner and More

November 9, 2013, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Alan Walker of McMaster University presents "In Defense of Transcription," followed by a recital featuring works by Verdi, Liszt, Wagner and Mozart.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Wagner in America

November 23, 2013, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Author Alex Ross discusses "'Black Wagner': African-American Wagnerism and the Question of Race Revisited" followed by a recital featuring works by Wagner, Mozart and Brahms.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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Gallery Talk

Medal of Honor

November 6, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Megan Harris of the Veterans History Project gives a talk on "Medal of Honor Winners From the Civil War to the Present."
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Soldier Diaries

November 13, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Megan Harris of the Veterans History Project presents "Soldier Diaries: Civil War to the Present."
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Michelle Krowl of the Manuscript Division discuses "Lincolns Gettysburg Address, the 150th Anniversary."
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Herblock and 1963

November 20, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Sara Duke of the Prints and Photographs Division gives a talk titled "Political Cartoonist Herblock Looks at 1963" in the Graphic Arts Gallery.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Civil War Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013, Noon - 1 p.m.
Connie Carter of the Science, Technology and Business Division presents "Thanksgiving Becomes a National Holiday During the Civil War."
Location: Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

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Tour

Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

Monday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (no 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. tour on Saturdays)
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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