August 16, 1996

Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940

MEDIA ADVISORY
Public Events at the Library of Congress September-December 1996

All Events are Free and Open to the Public
Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 - October 15

September 4
Wednesday
EXHIBITION
"Pablo Neruda: Absence and Presence," an exhibition of 36 master photographs by Chilean photographer Luis Poirot, goes on display in the Mumford Foyer, sixth floor of the Madison Building, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mr. Neruda's Nobel Prize in Literature. The photographs will remain on view through Oct. 18. Public Contact: (202) 707-8000

September 17
Tuesday
READING
"School Days and Childhood" is the topic for this season's first Poetry at Noon event, which will take place in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, at noon. Reading will be Robert Lauder, dean of the Upper School at Sidwell Friends; Tom Layesman, author of Such Roads the Map Won't Tell; and Michelle Arku, a student at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington. Public Contact: (202) 707-1308

September 17
Tuesday
READING
The 25th anniversary of Pablo Neruda's receipt of the Nobel Prize for Literature will be remembered with a bilingual reading of his work in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6 p.m. Featured will be Alastair Reid of The New Yorker; Marie Arana-Ward, editor of The Washington Post's "Book World"; Mario Rojas, literary critic and professor at Catholic University of America; and Georgette Dorn, chief of the Library's Hispanic Division. Public Contact: (202) 707-5400

September 24
Tuesday
LECTURE
The Library's Hispanic Cultural Society presents a lecture as part of the Library's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on "The Life and Works of German Arciniegas," by Roberto Esquenazi-Mayo, in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, at noon. Public Contact: (202) 707-8921

September 26
Thursday
READING
Noel Rae, editor/compiler of Witnessing America: The Library of Congress Book of First-hand Accounts of Life in America, will moderate readings from the book by Alan Cheuse and two other readers. Mr. Rae will be available to discuss his research for the book, carried out largely at the Library of Congress, as well as to sign copies of the book after the program. This is the first of the fall season's Books & Beyond programs, which are sponsored by the Library's Center for the Book. Public Contact: (202) 707-5221

October 1
Tuesday
EXHIBITION
The Library will commemorate Franklin Delano History Month in October with an exhibition, "Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Four Freedoms." The centerpiece of the exhibition is Norman Rockwell's posters of "The Four Freedoms," which were inspired by President Roosevelt's 1942 speech outlining the liberties for which Americans were fighting in World War II. The exhibition will be on view in the Current Events Gallery, first floor of the Madison Building, through Nov. 2. Public Contact: (202) 707-8000

October 3
Thursday
READING
Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Robert Hass delivers his opening lecture for the fall literary season in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6:45 p.m. This is Mr. Hass's second term as Poet Laureate at the Library of Congress. He is the author of Field Guide (1973), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Awards; and Praise (1979), which earned the William Carlos Williams Award. He won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Twentieth Century Pleasures, a collection of essays published in 1984. Mr. Hass, who is on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, has also worked closely with poet Czeslaw Milosz as a translator of many of his poems. The Library's poetry and literature reading series is the oldest in the Washington area. This annual series of public poetry and fiction readings, lectures, symposia and occasional dramatic performances began in the 1940s and has been principally supported since 1951 by a gift from the late Gertrude Clarke Whittall. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

October 10
Thursday
CONCERT
The Library's first concert of the 1996-1997 season features the 20-piece Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra performing the premiere of "Duet for Violin and Piano" by Mr. Abrams, which was commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress. The free concert will be held in the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets will be distributed at the Terrace Theater beginning at 6 p.m. the evening of the performance. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502

October 16-17
Wednesday-Thursday
CONCERT
The Juilliard Quartet returns as ensemble in residence at the Library of Congress performing Schonberg's "Quartet No. 1 in D Major" and Mendelssohn's "Variations and Scherzo, Op. 81" at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center, 7:30 p.m. The Juilliard Quartet is celebrating its 50th season this year. Free tickets will be distributed at the Terrace Theater beginning at 6 p.m. the evening of the performance. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502

October 18
Friday
LECTURE
Renowned cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter and novelist Jules Feiffer opens an exhibition of his works with a lecture in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6:30 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-9115

October 19
Saturday
EXHIBITION
"Jules Feiffer: Cartoons and Manuscripts," an exhibition of 75 cartoon drawings, manuscripts, posters and illustrations, opens in the Madison Foyer, first floor of the Madison Building. It will remain on view through Jan. 31, 1997. Public Contact: (202) 707-8000

October 23
Wednesday
LECTURE
Nicholas A. Basbanes, author of A Gentle Madness, will give a lecture as part of the Center for the Book's Books & Beyond Series in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6 p.m. A Gentle Madness "combines the perspective of historical research with the immediacy of investigative journalism.... It is a celebration of books and the people who have revered, gathered, and preserved them over the centuries." Public Contact: (202) 707-5221

October 24
Thursday
READING
Poet Gary Snyder reads from his work in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

October 29
Tuesday
READING
The Poetry at Noon series presents a Halloween reading on "Fear," with readers to be announced, in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, beginning at noon. Public Contact: (202) 707-1308

October 30
Wednesday
READING
A reading by the winner of the 1996 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry (to be announced in September), will be held in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, at 8 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

November 6
Wednesday
READING
The Library's poetry and literature series presents four Swedish poets reading from their work in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

November 8
Friday
SYMPOSIUM
An all-day symposium on "Storied Art: The Past, Present and Future of Popular Picture Books," sponsored by the Children's Literature Center of the Library of Congress, will be held in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building. Seating is limited. Call ahead for free advance registration, (202)707-5535.

November 9
Saturday
EXHIBITION
"Made for Children: Picture Books from the Last Three Decades" will open in the Mumford Foyer, sixth floor of the Madison Building. It will remain on view through Feb. 8, 1997. Public Contact: (202) 707-8000

November 13-14
Wednesday-Thursday
CONFERENCE
"Nuremberg and Its Impact: Fifty Years Later," an international conference that will examine the legal and political aspects of the international and American trials at Nuremberg, is jointly sponsored by the Library of Congress and the United States Holocaust Research Institute. The conference will also consider war crimes trials in national courts, contemporary war crimes trials, recent American legal proceedings, and the implications of the Nuremberg principles for contemporary politics and culture. Sessions will be held on Nov. 13 at the Library of Congress and on Nov. 14 at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The conference is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. Public Contact: David Wigdor, (202) 707-5383

November 14
Thursday
EXHIBITION
"Frank Lloyd Wright: Designs for an American Landscape, 1922-1932" can be seen in the Madison Gallery, first floor of the Madison Building, through Feb. 15, 1997. Organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and curated by David G. De Long, professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, the exhibition reconstructs five unbuilt, visionary Frank Lloyd Wright projects that "imagined nothing less than a new American landscape, integrating terrain, architecture, and the automobile on a vast scale." Public Contact: (202) 707-8000

November 16-19
Saturday, Monday-Tuesday
EXHIBITION
A special display of the John Hay copy of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln's own hand will be on view for three days only in the Great Hall of the Jefferson Building in commemoration of the 133rd anniversary of Lincoln's delivery of the speech at Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863. The Library's other copy of the Gettysburg Address, known as the Nicolay copy, was on exhibit for the first time in more than 20 years in January 1995. Public Contact: (202) 707-8000

December 3
Tuesday
CONCERT
Christopher Rousset, harpsichord virtuoso, performs a diverse program of works by Forqueray, Froberger, Louis Couperin and Rameau. The free concert will be held in the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets will be distributed at the Terrace Theater beginning at 6 p.m. the evening of the performance. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502

December 4-8
Wednesday-Sunday
DANCE FESTIVAL
The Library of Congress and the American University present the Lester Horton Dance Festival at American University. Details of the program to be announced. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502

December 5
Thursday
READING
Barbara Guest reads her poems in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Public Contact: (202) 707-5394

CONCERT
Harpist Cheryl Ann Fulton, soprano Susan Rode Morris, percussionist Peter Maund and Roy Whelden, rebec (an ancient, bowed instrument), present an evening of harp music spanning five centuries and performed on period instruments. Called "La Harpe de Melodie," the concert will be performed at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets will be distributed at the Terrace Theater beginning at 6 p.m. the evening of the performance. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502

December 10
Tuesday
READING
The December Poetry at Noon reading is on the subject of "Reconciliation," with readers to be announced. It will be held in the Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building, at noon. Public Contact: (202) 707-1308

December 11
Wednesday
CONCERT
The Beaux Arts Trio performs the premiere of William Bolcom's "Second Piano Quartet," commissioned by the Library'sIsenbergh Clarinet Fund. Joining the trio in the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center will be renowned clarinettist Richard Stoltzman. Free tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert will be distributed at the Terrace Theater beginning at 6 p.m. the evening of the performance. Public Contact: (202) 707-5502

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 Ave. S.E., is just south of the Jefferson Building.

Interpreting services (American Sign Language, ContactSigning, Oral and Tactile) will be provided if requested five business days in advance of any public event. Call (202) 707-6362 TTY and voice to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations contact the Disability Employment Program office at (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

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PR 96-113
8/16/96
ISSN 0731-3527

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