Press Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940

August 15, 1995

MEDIA ADVISORY
Public Events at the Library of Congress September-December 1995

September 6
Wednesday
DISCUSSION
The Hispanic Cultural Society presents a "Tertulia," or roundtable discussion, on "Between Heaven and Hell: The Armed Archangel in Andean Painting," with Dr. Barbara van Barghahm of George Washington University, Dining Room A, sixth floor of the Madison Building, beginning at noon. Public Contact: Karla Parodi, (202) 707-8921.

September 8
Friday
EXHIBITION
An exhibition of the treasures of one of the world's great libraries, the Bibliotheque nationale de France, opens at the Library of Congress on Sept. 8. "Creating French Culture" explores the central role of culture in the development of the French nation. It will be exhibited in the recently renovated Southwest Gallery and Pavilion of the Thomas Jefferson Building, a splendid setting for the more than 200 rare manuscripts, books, maps and other objects that will be on display. Most of these treasures have never before been exhibited outside of France. Public Contact: (202) 707-8000.

Three criteria were used for the selection of items for the exhibition: first, the uniqueness and beauty of the works; second, their historic significance and inaccessibility; and third, their intellectual importance. The second in a series of exhibitions at the Library of Congress on the great libraries and written traditions of the world, "Creating French Culture" will be accompanied by a handsomely illustrated catalog published by Yale University Press in association with the Library and the Bibliotheque nationale de France. As with other major Library exhibitions, an electronic version will be available on the Internet through World Wide Web when the exhibition opens (Uniform Resource Locator: http://www.loc.gov).

Press Preview on September 5 at 11 a.m. Jefferson Building. Enter West Front stairs, 10 First Street S.E.

The exhibition will be on display in the Jefferson Building through Dec. 31. Special hours for the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibition, which will be open on Sundays through the generous support of private donors, will be closed on federal holidays. Other Library facilities will remain closed on Sundays. The West Front doors of the Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., will be open for the duration of the exhibition. The Jefferson Building, still under phased renovation, will open to the public in its entirety in spring 1997.

Tickets are required to enter the exhibition. Same-day passes, free of charge, will be available at the Library outside the exhibition space. Advance tickets are available, for a handling/mailing charge, from Ticketmaster. For ticket information call (202) 432-SEAT; outside the Washington metropolitan area, call (800) 551-SEAT.

September 12
Tuesday
LECTURE
Kenneth E. Carpenter, Assistant Director for Research Resources, Harvard University Library, gives a lecture on "Libraries and Readers: Toward a History of Libraries and Culture in America." Sponsored by the Center for the Book, the event will be held in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 5:30 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5221.

September 14
Thursday
FIESTA
The Library's observance of Hispanic Heritage Month begins with the celebration of the independence days of five Central American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador, with music, food and displays. The event will take place in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Public Contact: Ana Kurland, (202) 707-5400.

September 18
Monday
PANEL DISCUSSION
Hispanic Heritage Month continues with a panel discussion about Hispanic Americans in higher education, with Sarita Brown, American Association for Higher Education; Hilda Crespo, ASPIRA; and Moira Lenehan Razzuri, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Moderated by Karen Henson, National Council of La Raza, the discussion will be held in Dining Room A, sixth floor of the Madison Building, from noon to 2 p.m. Public Contact: Ana Kurland, (202) 707-5400.

September 19
Tuesday
READING
The topic for the September Poetry at Noon program is "seasonal changes." Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor, author of The Flying Change, and Dan Johnson, who has written Come Looking, will read from their work in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, at noon. Public Contact: Pat Gray, (202) 707-1308.

September 20
Wednesday
LECTURE
Miguel Bretos, Hispanic Affairs Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution, presents a lecture as part of the Library's commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month on "Admiral David G. Farragut and Other Heroes." It will be held in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, from noon to 1 p.m. Public Contact: Ana Kurland, (202) 707-5400.

September 21
Thursday
CONCERT
The American Folklife Center's outdoor concert for September also celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, with music by the New York- Buenos Aires Connection (traditional tango performed by four musicians and four dancers from Argentina via New York City). The concert will be performed on the Neptune Plaza, west front of the Jefferson Building, from noon to 1 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-6590.

September 26
Tuesday
FILM
The film "The Lost City of the Incas" will be shown in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, from noon to 1 p.m. as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Public Contact: Ana Kurland, (202) 707-5400.

September 27
Wednesday
FILM
"¡Adelante Mujeres!" a video spanning almost five centuries of the history of Mexican-American/Chicana women, will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, for Hispanic Heritage Month. Public Contact: Ana Kurland, (202) 707-5400.

September 28
Thursday
EXHIBITION
An exhibition that explores the challenges and achievements of eight female journalists who covered World War II, "Women Come to the Front," opens on the first floor level of the Madison Gallery in the Madison Building. The exhibition draws on the correspondence, unpublished writings, photographs, diaries and broadcast transcriptions of the eight journalists (Therese Bonney, Janet Flanner, Toni Frissell, Clare Boothe Luce, Mary Marvin Breckinridge, Elizabeth May Craig, Esther Bubley and Dorothea Lange), all from the collections of the Library of Congress. The exhibition will remain on view through Dec. 9. Public Contact: (202) 707-8000.

September 29
Friday
SEMINAR
The culminating event in the Library's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Near East Section is an all-day seminar on "Arab American Cultural Relations -- Past, Present and Future." The seminar will be held in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Public Contact: Lee Avdoyan, (202) 707-5680.

October 2
Monday
READING
Hispanic Heritage Month continues with a poetry panel with six Latin American poets: Efrain Inurreta Diaz, Mexico; Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Argentina; Gustavo Gatti, Paraguay; Lillian Perez, Puerto Rico; Elena Smitd, Argentina; and Noemi Escandell, Cuba. The reading will be in the West Dining Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, noon to 2 p.m. Public Contact: Ana Kurland, (202) 707-5400.

October 3
Tuesday
SPEAKER
The keynote speaker for Hispanic Heritage Month is Jose Manuel Hernandez, contributor to the Handbook of Latin American Studies; he will speak on "Jose Marti, Cuban National Hero," on the 100th anniversary of his death, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, from 10 a.m. to noon. Public Contact: Ana Kurland, (202) 707-5400.

October 5-7
Thursday-Saturday
SYMPOSIUM
The Manuscript Division presents a symposium on "Calvin Coolidge and the Coolidge Era," on the political, economic, social and cultural history of the United States in the 1920s. The exact schedule and location of the various sessions will be announced. Public Contact: John Haynes, (202) 707-5383.

October 10
Tuesday
DISCUSSION
The Hispanic Cultural Society presents a "Tertulia," or roundtable discussion, on "Form and Revolution in One Hundred Years of Solitude," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with Dr. John Incledon, Albright College, West Dining Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, noon to 1 p.m. Public Contact: Karla Parodi, (202) 707-8921.

October 11
Wednesday
FILM
Hispanic Heritage Month continues with a film showing, "Seguin," a historical account of the Hispanic hero of the Alamo, Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, noon to 1 p.m. Public Contact: Ana Kurland, (202) 707-5400.

October 12
Thursday
FILM
Hispanic Heritage Month continues with another film, "Chulas Fronteras," an introduction to the Nortea musicians, in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, noon to 1 p.m. Public Contact: Ana Kurland, (202) 707-5400.

READING
The Library's fall poetry and literature season opens with the new Poet Laureate, Robert Hass, reading his poems, Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394.

October 19
Thursday
READING
Karen Alkalay-Gut and Jorie Graham read their poems in a program presented by the Library's Poetry and Literature Center, Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394.

October 22
Sunday
CONCERT
The chamber music fall season of the Library of Congress opens with a concert by the Verdehr Trio, featuring a premiere of a David Diamond trio commissioned by the Library's Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation. It will be held in the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at 2 p.m. Information on obtaining free tickets will be announced. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502.

CONCERT
David Amram and members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform the premiere of a David Amram work based on texts of Thomas Jefferson, also commissioned by the Coolidge Foundation. It will be held in the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Information on obtaining free tickets will be announced. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502.

October 23
Monday
CONCERT
The Library presents the California E.A.R. Unit performing the premiere of a John Adams work for violin and piano, commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress. It will be performed in the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Information on obtaining free tickets will be announced. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502.

October 26
Thursday
EXHIBITION
An exhibition of drawings by Jules Feiffer opens in the Oval Gallery, sixth floor of the Madison Building. It will remain on view through Jan. 26, 1996. Public Contact: (202) 707-8000.

October 27
Friday
LECTURE
Jules Feiffer presents an illustrated lecture about his work in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6:30 p.m. Public Contact: Harry Katz (202) 707-8696.

October 31
Tuesday
LECTURE
Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. "The Italo-American Aesthetic in the Wolfsonian Collection, 1885-1940," Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6:30 p.m. Public Contact: Larry Sullivan, (202) 707-2025.

November 2
Thursday
READING
Lyn Hejinian and Michael Palmer read their poems in a literary program in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394.

November 6
Monday
LECTURE
The Library's African and Middle Eastern Division presents David Satterfield, Director, Middle East Affairs, who will speak on "The Peace Process in the Middle East: A Progress Report," Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, noon to 1 p.m. Public Contact: Beverly Gray, (202) 707-7937.

November 8
Wednesday
LECTURE
Author and scholar Umberto Eco will lecture on aspects of Italian influences on American life, in another program in the series sponsored by the Library's Rare Book and Special Collections Division, in association with the Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute and the National Italian American Foundation. Montpelier Room. Public Contact: (202) 707-5434.

November 16
Thursday
READING
Gary Snyder reads his poems in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394.

November 30
Thursday
READING
Claudia Rankine and David Mura read their poems in a literary program sponsored by the Library's Poetry and Literature Center, Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394.

December 7
Thursday
READING
The Library's Poetry and Literature Center presents Frank Bidart and Robert Pinsky reading their poems in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394.

December 16
Saturday
EXHIBITION
"Back of the Big House: The Cultural Landscape of the Plantation," opens in the Madison Foyer, first floor of the Madison Building. The exhibition offers an uncommon perspective on plantation life, one from the point of view f the slaves. Photographs, architectural drawings and quotations drawn from the Library's collection of ex-slave narratives help to show how slaves were able to contribute to their communities despite living under the most adverse conditions. "Back of the Big House," a Library of Congress traveling exhibition, will remain on view through Jan. 27, 1996. Public Contact: (202) 707-8000.

December 26
Tuesday
EXHIBITION
"Paradox of the Press," a Library of Congress traveling exhibition, will be on view in the Mumford Foyer, sixth floor of the Madison Building, until Feb. 2, 1996. The facsimile exhibit, which is designed with a number of interactive elements, examines the paradoxes faced by the press in a free society. Public Contact: (202) 707-8000.

The Library of Congress occupies three buildings on Capitol Hill. The Thomas Jefferson Building is the original Library of Congress building; it is located at 10 First Street S.E., across First Street from the U.S. Capitol. The John Adams Building is directly behind the Jefferson Building to the east on Second Street S.E.; and the James Madison Memorial Building, at 101 Independence Avenue S.E., is just south of the Jefferson Building.

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PR 95-111
8/15/95
ISSN 0731-3527

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